Is it bad to “crack” your back or neck a lot?


Yes. This question is frequently asked because people associate the “cracking” or “popping” of one’s back or neck with a chiropractic adjustment. The two are not the same thing. If a person has a desire to “crack” his/her neck or back it is often because one area of their spine is fixated or jammed. This causes another area to move too much and “pop”, sometimes by itself. It’s the fixated or jammed area that needs to be specifically adjusted by a chiropractor. When you “crack” your back you may be relieving the tension for a little while, but it will generally come back. That is because you are not adjusting the fixated segment.