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Neck Cracking: Is It Safe or Should I Stop?

Cracking Your Own Neck

We’ve all seen people "crack" their necks to try to relieve pain or stiffness. Some of us do it to release the pressure or tension that we’re feeling in our shoulders or neck. Sometimes it’s a matter of habit, just like how we crack our knuckles. When you crack your neck, the action releases gas or fluid from the joints surrounding the neck. The cracking usually makes you feel better temporarily. However, it doesn’t alleviate the underlying problem.

What Makes the Popping or Cracking Sound in my Neck?

This sound is caused by the release of gas from between the spinal segments that naturally occur in the spaces of the joints. When you crack your neck or any joint in your body, the capsules around your joint are stretched. These capsules contain fluid, and stretching them allows the fluid to put less pressure on the joint. As the pressure decreases, the fluids in the joint will turn to gas, hence getting a popping noise.

But those cracking sounds that you hear when you self-adjust are just releases of air pockets and this does not correct the misalignment in your spine. The correction of a subluxation (dysfunction within the spine ) is not merely just popping a joint. When getting a proper Chiropractic adjustment, the Chiropractor is able to locate the dysfunctional and subluxed joint through examination and adjust it in a way that is comfortable and safe. Chiropractic is all about making sure the signals and communication between your brain and body is doing well, so that your body functions as it was designed to. But when you crack or twist own neck and back, there is no control as to which joint you are targeting and often results in normal joints being popped.

A chiropractor may also advise you on how to change your lifestyle, such as exercising or maintaining a moderate weight, to minimize neck pressure or pain. They may also give you tips on how to treat your neck at home.

Risks of Cracking Your Own Neck

Cracking your neck can be harmful if you don’t do it correctly. It may cause:

  • pinched nerve
  • wear and tear on the vertebrae
  • strain muscles around the joint
  • hypermobility due to overstretched ligaments

Alternative Methods to Relief Neck Pain

Many people experience neck pain because of poor posture and muscle strain. If you have minor neck pain or stiffness, avoid cracking your own neck and take these simple steps to relieve it:

  • Apply ice for the first few days to reduce inflammation
  • Take a few days off from sports, activities that aggravate your symptoms, and heavy lifting. When you resume normal activity, do so slowly as your symptoms ease.
  • Practice good posture.
  • Exercise your neck every day. Slowly stretch your head in side-to-side and up-and-down motions. You can also watch this video to learn some simple neck stretches from Dr Jessie Lim.
Yong Seng Lee
Yong Seng Lee
2024-02-02
Has been seeing Dr Kenney for about 4 months for my hunch back and general wellbeing. Nothing but good words from me! Dr Kenney is skilful and experienced and always checking on me. With his help, my posture and wellbeing has improved since my first visit His friendly demeanour makes him click with his patients easily. Not to mention, the front desk staff are always so friendly, efficient and prompt with enquiries.
Wai Meng Woon
Wai Meng Woon
2024-01-23
After the first few visits, my lower back started to feel a lot better. And I began to regain my mobility. This is all due to the regular adjustments and decompression therapy as recommended by Dr Jessie. I've also done my due diligence to regularly stretch and do core exercises that helps with the recovery as recommended by Dr Jessie.
Nidzam Noh
Nidzam Noh
2024-01-15
I have never been happier after being treated by Dr Kenney. He managed to identify the root cause of my lower back pain after his assessment. Looking forward to my next visit.
Ifah Abdeen
Ifah Abdeen
2023-11-29
I really appreciate how gentle Dr Jess is with my adjustments. She always make me feel better, never worse. I am amazed at how she is able to find and fix the problem areas in my body.
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master couch
2023-11-24
I have been coming here for back and shoulder pain for the past two months, definitely seeing improvement as the shoulders do not feel as tight anymore. My back pain has been gradually fading away and overall, moving feels easier now. The front desk has been very helpful, they are very prompt with their replies especially when i make sudden changes in my appointment timing.
Julian Mortimer
Julian Mortimer
2023-11-23
One day after work, I experienced pain deep within the right rhomboid area, right shoulder blades and neck pains. It felt like a stiff neck but more intense. After 2 weeks, hoping it would naturally go away, it didn’t. It was very uncomfortable and sometimes painful which resulted in me taking some pain killers. So that’s when I decided to try Chiro. I was assigned with Dr. Siew Wei at the Rivervale Mall Branch and was advised to go for a 20 session package, which I did. After about 4 sessions, is when I started to feel some improvement. Yes, it takes time and it’s not an immediate result. By the 10th Session, most of the pain was gone and by the 18th session. I’m back to normal. Dr. Siew Wei is friendly and knowledgeable, and I’m glad that she had managed to cure away the pain. Thank you.
Harrison Ng
Harrison Ng
2023-11-04
Backpain? Neckpain? Just ring for Dr Jess and her team of dedicated front counter staffs! :)
Hazel Ho
Hazel Ho
2023-10-30
Have been with Livewell Sengkang about 3 months now, and have nothing but good stuff to say about them. Firstly the service from the front desk is great, with very quick replies and very flexible whenever I have to make last minute changes to my time slot. Very glad with the friendliness of the staff and how convenient they make my booking of sessions! As for my doctor, Dr Kenny gave clear explanations from the very start, is extremely friendly and easy to talk to, which I appreciate. Went here to correct my neck posture as well as my hunchback, which I do see myself improving and being more conscious about as the sessions go on. Feel a lot lighter and easier to stand straight after each session. Overall a very comfortable experience, really recommend!

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