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Chiropractic treatment is often referred to as professional back cracking

Chiropractors are often associated with the viral videos of professional “back cracking”. This can either make patient nervous or excited. “Professional back cracking” is also a worryingly popular google search term!

This “cracking” is essentially a release of air from within a joint. When a chiropractor mobilises a joint, these pressure changes can create a release of air and hence a “cracking” noise. It is a similar experience when you crack your knuckles. The “professional back cracking” is painless and has no adverse effects. Chiropractors also do more than just adjustments. They have many tools in their toolbox. Include:

  • Soft tissue work
  • Assisted stretches
  • Medical dry-needling
  • Nutritional supplements
  • Dietary advice
  • Lifestyle advice
  • Supervised/ unsupervised exercise


Risks of un-professional “back cracking”


  • Damage the spine

There are many delicate structures in the spine, especially the neck. These structures can be easily damaged if you don’t have proper training in anatomy and manual adjustments.


  • Increase hypermobility.

Hypermobility is when you can easily move certain joints beyond the normal end range of motion. Although being flexible is generally a positive thing, stretching your joints too far might lead to instability, pain and injury. If you have hypermobility, you can’t stabilize as well. As a result, you are depending on your muscles and tendons to do more work to stabilize, which could lead to repetitive injuries.


Chiropractic care is more than just “professional back cracking”


  • Our treatments are highly personalised and tailored to your body, there is no one size fits all approach.
  • We thoroughly check all elements of health and wellness prior to putting together a treatment plan,
    Our treatments should never be painful as they are highly controlled, very gentle, and never without discussion, demonstration and we seek permission for everything we do.
  • We always take baby steps when treating a client. We will never adjust you more than your body can cope with in a single session.


Are you searching for a “Chiropractor Near Me” in Central London? Book a treatment now at our Chiropractic Clinic


If you’re looking for professional back cracking, feel free to call us 07376 243726 to book your appointment today! Our Chiropractic in London is centrally located. Visit our Chiropractic Clinic located in Covent Garden, or our Chiropractic Clinic in Mayfair.

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