CRACK! Hearing this very distinct sound may be somewhat common for you, especially if you actually crack your neck yourself. You may not even notice how often you do it in a day, since it may already be second nature to you to crack your neck and hear a popping sound.
Cracking your neck has been around longer than sliced bread, ice cream, and the Crusades combined. That said, most people don’t understand why they crack their necks, how it happens, and why they feel the need to do it or what the cracking sounds are in their cervical spine.
They’re not aware of the fact that cracking one’s neck may be a sign that they have underlying health issues that need to be addressed with a visit to the doctor’s office.
Read on to find out more about why neck cracking happens, as well as exactly what it can do to and for you:
Understanding neck-cracking from a technical standpoint
Neck-cracking is the same as cracking all your other joints, such as your fingers, wrists, back, and ankles!
The technical explanation for neck cracking noises is that it’s a sound that’s a byproduct of loosening different joints in your body with a quick motion, which can result in the sound of simultaneous pops as gas bubbles move across the neck joints. However, neck-cracking does sound a lot better and more palatable than “neck popping.”
The urge to crack your neck can be caused by a variety of reasons
Certain health issues such as neck pain, shoulder pain, chronic pain and arthritis, and even normal, everyday movements of restricted range of motion can make you want to crack your neck.
But such issues need medical attention, so it would be good for you to schedule a much-needed appointment with a doctor in order to resolve them. Simply cracking your neck won’t make arthritis, neck pain, or neck spasm go away.
Don’t do it yourself, see a professional
A professional who takes care of others who crack their necks is called a chiropractor and what they do is a chiropractic adjustment or neck manipulation. Chiropractors are expertly trained in the art of releasing pressure from your joints smoothly without the risk of breaking anything important, like your neck.
Sessions scheduled with chiropractors often include a consultation, which is followed by them performing manipulation to align the vertebrae.
Through neck manipulation and chiropractic care can relieve pain without the need for pain medications. Chiropractic neck manipulation is a natural form of pain management.
When should you see a doctor?
You should see a doctor about your neck cracking when you experience certain symptoms, such as (but not limited to) the following: loss of strength, persistent pain, herniated disc, degenerative disc disease, loss of feeling (or numbness), limited mobility, stiff neck, or if you feel anything that may seem out of the ordinary for you.
Your repeated efforts at cracking your own neck may possibly lead to issues with blood vessel or even blood clots. Also if during your attempts at joint cracking are later accompanied by reason why you have decided to see a chiropractor. You may have been experiencing back, shoulder, and neck pain, stop immediately and see a professional.
Do NOT attempt to cure these issues on your own, by cracking your own neck. Instead, consult with a trusted physician as he or she will be best-equipped to find solutions to any problems that might arise because of your habit.
Remember, crack in moderation: whether it’s frequency, force, or both! Tebby Chiropractic and Sports Medicine Clinic provides chiropractic services in Charlotte, NC. Get in touch today to see how we can help with your back pain.