Can I “crack” my own back?

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Answer: By trying to adjust your own back, you may be causing more problems. First of all, it is difficult to achieve physiological end range. A major part of adjustments is proper positioning and force vectors through proper joint angles. When you attempt to make an adjustment on your own, any joint that is capable of moving could achieve the “pop” sound. However, this does not mean you have returned movement to the proper joint. Along with the release of nitrous oxide comes the release of endorphins. Endorphins will give you a brief sense of euphoria, making you believe you have cured your problem. Unfortunately, the pain will likely return approximately 25 minutes later. If you continue to adjust yourself every 20 minutes for relief, then the joints will become hyper mobile and therefore more difficult to maintain stability!

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