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I “Pop” My Own Neck, Is This Ok? – “Self Adjusting”

Pop My Own NeckMany people turn or twist their own heads to “pop” or “click” their own necks; sometimes because it feels good, sometimes for the “sound” effect or just out of habit.

“Did you know there are now soft tissue techniques called Tui Na?  No twisting, no turning, “cracking” or “popping” of joints; instead, you receive gentle, specific corrections to your spine and structural system.  Most are done with you standing or sitting.

The need to click one’s own neck is potentially a sign of an underlying problem.  Often the feeling to “self-adjust” is due to too much stress on the joints in the spine.  As a result the joints eventually become restricted and uncomfortable.  If this “self treatment” continues, an irritated nerve with pain may result!

When you twist and “pop” your own neck you are mostly ‘clicking’ either the wrong joint above or below the restricted one that needs to move properly.  Remember there are new ways to adjust the spine…

Old Healing = Joint Popping

New Healing = Soft Tissue Tapping


Why A Professional?

The proper procedure is to adjust the right joint in the right way (see image below).  This relieves the restricted joint and frees up irritated nerves.  In fact, the new healing style of adjustments does not involve the popping or cracking sounds anymore.  The new technique is of a soft tissue approach which the patient feels only a comfortable tapping sensation.

Is There A Problem Popping My Own Neck?

The danger of doing it yourself is you’re not specific to the correct joint that needs to be adjusted with the right amount of pressure.  This is guessing and will cause damage either immediate or over time.

When a joint is restricted or not moving properly, the joints above and below work harder to compensate for the lack of movement in the stiff joint.  So these joints are moving too much already and when you self adjust you are forcing them to move even further (see below).

Pop My Own Neck


This can, over time, cause stretching of the ligaments that support the spine and lead to instability and future problems.

Take a look at the spinal chart below.  What part of your spine are you trying to adjust?  What body parts are you affecting through your spinal nerves?



So What Should I Do If I Always Pop My Own Neck?

From what we’ve mentioned so far, you potentially have an underlying problem and are causing damage to the ligaments of your spine.  The first step is to take a look at your posture to prevent unnecessary stress on your neck and shoulders.

The next step is to assess the movement and function of the joints of your spine.  A doctor specializing in this area will recommend stretches, postural advice, and, if necessary, a course of targeted adjustments to restore the correct movement to your spine.


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Wellness Clinic in Beverly Hills

Welcome to Beverly Hills Functional Health & Wellness Center

Dr. Aristotle Economou began his wellness practice in Beverly Hills over 25 years ago. He is a Diplomate and Faculty Member of The International Academy of Medical Acupuncture, which more than 20,000 physicians and assistants have graduated from or taken specific postgraduate work in Euro/Asian acupuncture, author of the book Change The Way You Heal: 7 Steps to Highly Effective Healing & Doctor of Chiropractic. As a holistic doctor in Beverly Hills, Dr. Aristotle uses his immense knowledge of both eastern & western healing techniques to provide a comprehensive approach lingering health problems such as autoimmune issues, pain & fatigue.

9847817_lAt our wellness clinic in Beverly Hills we treat a wide range of chronic health problems by combining Euro-Asian treatments with modern Western protocols. Our treatment programs are designed to support your strengths and uncover your weaknesses to develop a plan to reach your full potential physically, energetically and emotionally. Everyone is unique; your body’s ability to heal depends upon many factors, including your medical history and  lifestyle stress. We believe no two patients nor their suffering are the same, whether you are dealing with an autoimmune issue, chronic pain or fatigue. At our wellness clinic in Beverly Hills, we will take the time to develop an individualized treatment plan that incorporates treatments that range from chiropractic and laser acutherapy to nutrition.

Dr. Aristotle Economou
8929 Wilshire Blvd #302
Beverly Hills, California 90211
(310) 765-3006