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Is cracking your back everyday bad for you?

Is cracking your back everyday bad for you?

Not bad: The cracking or popping sounds heard from joints is the release o nitrogen bubbles. ...Read more

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How bad is cracking knuckles and back?

How bad is cracking knuckles and back?

Depends: It depends on who's doing it and why. If you're doing it as a nervous habit, then it's likely not doing you any good. If it's a do (or even a chiropractor) doing it to treat a specific problem, then it can be a good thing. Think of it like a pill. The right pill for the right thing can be good while the same pill for the wrong thing can be bad. ...Read more

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I have heard that cracking your back or other parts of your body, is bad for you. If so, why?

I have heard that cracking your back or other parts of your body, is bad for you. If so, why?

Not necessarily: If your back or other parts of your body crack while stretching normally, it's fine. Do not push yourself farther than your normal range of motion. If you are trying to crack your back/neck/etc to alleviate pain, this is something an osteopathic physician (D.O.) or chiropractor can help you with. It is much safer to have a trained professional diagnose and treat you properly for joint pain. ...Read more

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What to do about really bad back cracking/stiffness/pain?

What to do about really bad back cracking/stiffness/pain?

Many Possibilities: Depending on how long it's been going on, i would consider an evaluation by a spine specialist. Sometimes it could be a muscle imbalance, early onset arthritis or scoliosis. Also could be a pinched nerve/herniated disc. Either way it might be good to figure it out and get appropriate treatment. ...Read more

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Is it bad to crack your back a lot I have a habbit of cracking my back everyday?

Is it bad to crack your back a lot I have a habbit of cracking my back everyday?

No: No-you are simply doing the equivalent of "cracking your knuckles"- it feels good or it just becomes a habit. By "cracking" or mobilizing the small joints of your spine( the facet joints) it causes a temporary reflexive relaxation of the surrounding muscles. This is what an osteopath or chiropractor will attempt to achieve with manipulation. You are doing your own! ...Read more

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My back has been cracking a lot, it doesn't hurt when it first cracks but hurts after until I crack it again. Is this bad?

My back has been cracking a lot, it doesn't hurt when it first cracks but hurts after until I crack it again. Is this bad?

Not necessarily: It is not unusual to have this "cracking noise" in your spine. You could have "loose" spinal musculature or a hyper mobile vertebrae. I would suggest that you make an appointment with an osteopathic physician (D.O.) who can better explain what is going on. ...Read more

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I wanted to know is cracking my neck, fingers, or back bad?

I wanted to know is cracking my neck, fingers, or back bad?

No it is muscular: This is ok and you are doing your own spinal manipulation like cracking your knuckles. You are most likely "cracking" your facet joints (the small joints of the spine-2 at each level) which stretches their joint coverings or capsules which causes a reflex relaxation of the surrounding muscles. There is no harm in you doing this in the neck or back as well as with the fingers. ...Read more

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How bad is cracking your: knuckles, neck and back.... Long term on the body?

How bad is cracking your: knuckles, neck and back.... Long term on the body?

NOT DANDEROUS: It appears cracking or crepitus (the medical term for cracking) does not appear to lead to arthritis or other chronic issues. The one exception is if cracking occurs with pain and then it should be evaluated by a physician. ...Read more

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My back cracks way more now (when rotating torso) than in years past. Natural process of aging? Is this cracking "bad"? It feels good to crack it.

Back cracking: Typically with age we get more aches and cracking . Usually if there is no pain associated with the cracking there is no cause for concern . If you start experiencing pain you should be evaluated ...Read more

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My back keeps cracking all of a sudden, sometimes every 20mins. I may have bad posture, have bad anxiety, stopped my daily gym training(3months ago),?

My back keeps cracking all of a sudden, sometimes every 20mins. I may have bad posture, have bad anxiety, stopped my daily gym training(3months ago),?

Because of that?: Is it painful? Or does it just crack? Every time I get out of bed....my whole body sounds like falling gravel from a wheelchair...but when that's done (about 3 seconds) I'm racing downstairs to the computer to answer these questions! I'm not sure you NEED to stop gym activities....stretching in fact, may be good for you. See your doc to make sure all's well..and then, back to the gym laddie! ...Read more