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Thanks for watching Self Cracking Teen Visit 2 With Advice for Self Crackers & Full Body Chiropractic Adjustment.
Self Cracking Advanced Tips
1) The Once a day rule. If you crack for pain relief and you feel the need to do this more than once a day, consistently, please find a good chiropractor. If you crack more than once a day out of habit, PLEASE STOP. The following tips may help further.
2) Crack in the morning. Since you’re only going to do this once a day, it’s best to start the day off with a fresh spine. OPTIMALLY, a very simple 5-10 minute (minimum) stretching routine to warm up your spine, decreases stiffness, and increase blood flow to muscles should be used.
Make it a ritual. Take it serious. I will have a video at some point giving a basic stretch routine. Or shoot me a link in the comment section if you find one on YT. I’ll happily review.
You can also start with the yoga sequence of “‘sun salutations.” Search You Tube for Sun Salutations. Find a good video that you enjoy. Watch it with the intent that you’ll memorize it. Should take less than a week to get it in memory and you won’t need the video anymore.
If at the end of normal stretching and normal ROM exercises you still feel the need to crack, go for it.
- Don’t let your morning ritual go to waste. Spend the rest of your day practicing good posture. Remember that posture is a practice and it will never be perfect 24/7. Guess what? Writing that sentence just reminded me to sit up!
Before you begin your stretching and self cracking routine DRINK WATER! To determine the amount, take your body weight and divide by 2 (this is your total water intake for the day) then divide that number by 3 (that’s how much to drink in the morning (minimal).
example… if you weigh
100lbs divided by 2 = 50oz. of water per day.
Divided by 3 is about 16oz of water in the morning (min).
Drink that amount (16oz) one hour before lunch and dinner too.
- No violent pulling or pushing your head. If you want to crack on your own it should be gentle. The harder you have to push the more likely you are to hurt yourself. It is VERY possible to hurt yourself especially if you crack your neck.
I’m a self cracker too. I do it with yoga every morning and mostly my thoracic and lumbar spine. I can not crack my own neck… ironic huh?
But even the most talented self crackers can not manipulate every part of their own spine. Like I said in Hailley’s first video, usually there is one vertebra that is VERY stuck which is why the other parts of the spine are hyper mobile.
Go see a chiropractor. It will help. It doesn’t have to be every week for the rest of your life. A good evaluation and a good adjustment can make all the difference in the world.
Watching Your Back,