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Is Cracking Back Everyday Bad
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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
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?
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
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
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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