“Popping” Your Own Neck Causes You Harm
Have you ever tried to “pop” your own neck? In context, popping your neck is when someone forcefully moves their head in a twisting motion to elicit noise. This can either be done with the use of your own hands or just by gaining enough momentum by using your head as a pendulum. Individuals that do this are called self-manipulators and are playing with fire.
Popping It like It’s Hot…Then Do It Again
Self-manipulators are attempting to correct something that only specific chiropractic adjustments can perform. In actuality when they pop their neck they are creating chaos in a joint space that does not need to move. Hence why after twenty minutes or so they have the sensation that this “popping” needs to occur again. The sensation is brought on due to neuro-transmitters that are compromised. Every manipulation is like flipping a fuse-box on and off really quickly for 5 seconds. Why didn’t my body auto-correct the first time?
But It Feels Good
Think of manipulating your spine as a deadly-sin. Physically it will feel good. Chemicals are released that transmit “feel good” sensations and you think you fixed something. Guess what else you are irritating when you manipulate your neck? The vertebral artery. Every manipulation irritates the lining and eventually will compromise the vertebral wall. 10/10 people that present to a chiropractor office and are suffering from a stroke, is due to their own manipulating.
Popping Long Term
What’s actually happening? Your body has a vertebral subluxation that is unchecked and uncorrected. A subluxation will produce lack of motion in specific areas. Remember, everything in life requires motion. Self-manipulators will manipulate the joints above and below an actual subluxation. Leaving the actual cause uncorrected and creating chaos with ones health and well-being.
What is the difference between manipulation and adjustment? Without going into detail too much, you can decide which sounds better.
-Manipulation – The action of manipulating someone in a clever or unscrupulous way.
-Adjustment – A small alteration or movement made to achieve a desired fit, appearance, or result.