Back Pain, Sciatica, ChiropractorAvoiding the Urge to Self-Crack

That urge to crack your back is normal. We’ve all had it. We’ve all wanted to use that self-medicating method of finding relief from our back pain. Maybe for you that pain’s happened in that hard to reach place in your back (between the shoulder blades), so you’ve asked a buddy of your to give you a bear hug.

Whether you’ve cracked your own back or you’ve asked someone to crack your back for you, that doesn’t mean it’s a good practice. In fact, it’s not. Don’t do it. No matter how much you want to, please don’t. That goes for cracking your neck, also.

Of course, we know you want relief, and you want that relief now. But finding quick, temporary relief is only going to make that pain in your back or spine worse in the long run. The best way to deal with that pain is to seek out the care of an upper cervical chiropractor.

Though, perhaps, right now, you don’t feel any pain or at least not enough to justify seeking out the care of a chiropractor. We’re all busy, and it’s understandable that you may not want to seek out that care until and unless it’s necessary. We understand that, so here are some signs of a weak spine you should be aware of that are indicators that it’s time to go see an upper cervical chiropractor.

Knowing what’s in a Weak Spine

  • If you feel pain or tenderness when you press your thumbs into that spot just below your skull, above your neck, behind the ears.
  • If you feel any neck, back, or should pain
  • If you feel any pain in your lower or mid back pain
  • If you you are unable to rotate your head to either side
  • If there is a loss of a range of motion
  • You experience Vertigo, dizziness, or other movement sensations
  • You experience tingling or burning, especially in your fingers and toes
  • If your neck clicks when you move it from side to side
  • You experience frequent headaches or migraines
  • You had a minor head, neck, or shoulder trauma that resulted in a concussion
  • You have sensitive vision
  • You have Scoliosis
  • One of your legs is longer than the other

Time for Chiropractic

Now that you know what you should be aware of to know if you should seek out the care of an upper cervical chiropractor, you have no more excuses to crack your spine in any way. In fact, this specific, gentle form of chiropractic is so against that method that we don’t do it to our patients. We use a safe and pain free method that focus on realigning the top two vertebrae in the spine, so as to allow the body to heal itself.


To find a Doctor in your area go to or if you are in the Dublin, California area to schedule your NUCCA evaluation, click the button below:

Schedule a Consultation

Dr. Andrea Pritchett of Vital Life Wellness Center in Dublin, California is an Dublin Chiropractor and Upper Cervical Expert trained by the National Upper Cervical Chiropractic Association (NUCCA). Her upper cervical clinic also serves Pleasanton, Livermore, San Ramon and Danville. She is uniquely trained to correct problems in the upper cervical spine (upper neck). This vital area is intimately connected to the central nervous system and problems in this area have been shown to be an underlying cause of a variety of different health problems, including children’s conditions such as ear infections, colic and scoliosis and problems that adults face including migraines and other headaches, fibromyalgia, sciatica, neck and back pain, and more. More information can be found on our website at