An irritated or restricted joint may produce an ongoing urge to “pop it” yourself.
Although self-adjusting may produce temporary relief, you should avoid the temptation for several reasons. Self-application of a crude generalized force to an entire region of the spine rarely frees the restricted culprit, but rather further loosens an already mobile segment.
Over time, repeated self-mobilization could lead to new problems from creating excessive motion.
Consequently, spinal manipulation should be performed only by chiropractors or other highly trained doctors who can recognize when an adjustment is appropriate and when it is not.