Michael Rehl, DC, PAK, CMT

Advanced Holistic Health Care


Can I adjust myself?

Since a chiropractic adjustment is a specific force, applied in a specific direction to a specific joint, it is virtually impossible to adjust oneself correctly and accurately. It is possible to turn or bend or twist in certain ways that release ("pop" or "crack") areas of joint fixation/subluxation. However, it is much more likely that one is moving joints that are above or below the truly fixated joint. This “popping” will release endorphins that feel good and give one the feeling of having done something “good for oneself”. However, if the truly subluxated joint is left uncorrected, the stiffness and achiness returns, and the person will find him or herself chronically cracking themselves over and over.

This type of joint manipulation is usually counterproductive, This self-adjusting can lead to ligament laxity in certain joints and never resolve the actual problem. This laxity can increase the instability in the spine.