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Is It Bad to Crack your Back? Side Effects and Risk Factors

You may find it relaxing and satisfying to crack your back. Many people find the cracking sound relaxing.

While cracking your back once in a while isn’t harmful, doing it too frequently everyday basis can lead to some unfavorable consequences.

Back cracking is safe, but only if it’s done the right way. Here are some misconceptions, risk factors and side effects associated with back popping.

Would You Develop Arthritis by Cracking Your Back?

One of the most common myths related to cracking your joints, including your knuckles, is that it will lead to arthritis. While this holds no truth, it’s still possible for you to experience stiffness and swelling in joints if you crack them too often.

Is It Okay to Crack Your Back During Pregnancy?


Back cracking is safe for pregnant moms as long as they’re cautious and doing it in the right way. It’s important to note that discomfort and pain during pregnancy is mostly because of the baby’s weight and movement.

This is why it’s safer and more effective to see treatment from a chiropractor who’s experienced in providing prenatal care. Also, remember that during pregnancy, your body releases x specific type of hormone, called relaxin. This hormone increases the flexibility of body and its ability to stretch, which helps during delivery. However, it may lead you to overstretch while attempting to crack your back. Yoga under supervision and chiropractic care are two most beneficial options to manage pain and discomfort during pregnancy.

Strained Joint or Compressed Nerve

Cracking your back too often can put a lot of pressure on your spine. Doing it too frequently may lead to tightness and swelling in the joints, torn muscles, injured ligaments, and injured nerves.

Slipped Disc

Back cracking can cause irritation between the spinal discs and may push them in the wrong direction. Especially, if you have an existing injury in your spine, cracking your back may aggravate the symptoms.

If you feel discomfort in your back, chiropractic care can give you better relief and relaxation than cracking it yourself. Get in touch with Shelby County Chiropractic managed under the expert guidance of Dr. William Yadon and Dr. Stapleton D.C. We offer advanced chiropractic care services in Kentucky using diverse techniques and state-of-the-art equipment.

To learn more about our services, call us at 502-633-1073.

*Disclaimer: This article is not intended for the purpose of providing medical advice. All information, content, and material are for informational purposes only and are not intended to serve as a substitute for the consultation, diagnosis, and/or medical treatment of a qualified physician or healthcare provider.*

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