When I crack my joints I feel much better: is it the same as a chiropractic adjustment?
No. Because branches from the same nerve may supply more than one level of the spine, the discomfort originating from one segment may be felt over several segments. However, when you perform self-manipulation, it's usually the hypermobile joints (joints that are moving too much) that are released, while the restricted joints remain restricted. Skilled manipulations performed by a chiropractor are specifically and carefully delivered to the joints that truly need it. The effects of the manipulation are also more longer-lasting and the urge to self-manipulate will subside.