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Should You Crack Your Own Neck or Seek Chiropractic Care in Joplin?

Written By Skaggs Chiropractic on October 29, 2020

rsz neckpainadjustmentWhen you were a kid, were you ever told: “Stop cracking your knuckles! It’s bad for you.”

If you were like most kids, you probably kept popping, eventually graduating to your neck and back.

Do you still use this technique to get relief from neck pain? Is it really that safe, or should you seek chiropractic care in Joplin instead?

Why Choose Chiropractic Care: The Dangers of Cracking Your Own Neck

The problem with self-spinal manipulation is that it’s not targeted. Whatever pops, pops. 

While you might get a bit of relief, you likely won’t get full relief as you’re not treating the root cause of the problem. The result: The pain will return. 

Worse still, you can inadvertently do more harm than good. Without a full understanding of spinal anatomy, it’s possible to trap a nerve when you pop your neck. Nerve compression can lead to: 

  • Worsening neck pain
  • Neck stiffness
  • Loss of range of motion
  • Headaches (sometimes chronic)
  • Shoulder pain
  • Tingling or numbness in the arms and hands

A 2019 study found that self-spinal adjustments can even lead to herniated discs and spinal stenosis (the narrowing of your spinal canal).

The body is so interconnected that improperly adjusting the cervical (neck) spine can adversely affect the rest of your spine and lead to pain throughout your back and lower extremities. 

Chiropractic Neck Pain Treatment 

Your Joplin chiropractor has been specially trained in the anatomy and spinal adjustments. He knows how to target the vertebrae that are out of alignment, so you get relief. Plus, he can deduce the root cause of your neck pain and will recommend a variety of therapies on your neck pain treatment plan, like: 

Your Joplin Chiropractor Wants to Help You Get Out of Pain Fast

It’s not enough to help his patients get out of pain. Dr. Steven Skaggs wants to provide fast, safe pain relief. He dedicates himself to learning about the latest tools, technology, and chiropractic care techniques. 

Dr. Skaggs is a member of the Academy of Chiropractic and the American Academy of Medical Legal Professionals, both of which provide the latest diagnostic and treatment research for spinal conditions. 

As a patient of Dr. Skaggs, you will receive the best care to not just treat your pain but prevent it. 

Curious if chiropractic neck pain treatment can benefit you? Call us at 417-624-4242 to schedule a consultation.

Posted In: Chiropractic Neck Pain Treatment