Typically no. Only when it it practised too aggressively.
In all professions, there are people who are brilliant in their work … and others who are (shall we say) less skilled.” Tradesmen. Doctors. Solicitors. Marketers. Teachers. Chiropractic is no exception to this rule.
If you have your neck jerked too aggressively, yes it can cause additional damage. However, the amount of force that we use with a Blair upper cervical correction is about the amount of force you use to feel your pulse.
With the adjusting methods we use, we don’t “crack” the neck at all. Most people remark that they can’t believe how light the adjustment really is.
But don’t think for one second that low force has no effect. When we deal with the nerves of the upper neck, even a few millimetres can make all the difference. Moreover, when your nervous system starts to make changes in your body, it can start using your muscles in ways that haven’t been used for a long time.
When that happens, yes, you can definitely feel discomfort in your neck! But if it is happening because your body is working to repair itself, then it is usually a short lived process, like being sore after going to the gym.
So is it possible that your neck will feel sore after an adjustment? Yes. However, with the method that we employ, the probability of significant injury is so low that I can’t think of a single case in my 12 years experience, whose neck was actually hurt following an adjustment … and (touch wood), I don’t plan on starting today.