We all know our posture directly affects our spines and I’m sure we’ve all been told at some point in our lives to “stop slouching!”. Our posture helps determine how well our spine does its main job… supporting our body and protecting our spinal cord.
In my experience working with thousands of people I have noticed one bad habit that many people regularly do that, over time, causes extremely negative effects on the spine. It does this by gradually weakening the ligaments, which are the connective tissue that connects bone to bone. This is bad news because it means that over time the ligaments become lax and slowly lose their ability to hold the spinal vertebrae in the correct position. This can lead to back pain and other problems depending on the severity.
So what is this awful habit? It’s cracking your own neck or back. The reason it’s such a problem is because when people do it they aren’t just moving their neck from side to side a little bit. They are usually wrenching the spine in all manner of ways attempting to get it to “crack” by any means necessary. This may provide some relief to symptoms but over time it is actually making any back or neck pain worse by damaging the ligaments of the spine.
Fortunately this can be corrected. However it involves stopping this bad habit and including chiropractic. The chiropractic care will help correct misalignments in the spine and allow the tissues to heal WITHOUT stressing the ligaments and making the problem worse. Chiropractic adjustments are done completely within the normal range of motion so they don’t stress the ligaments and cause problems like cracking your own back does.