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Doctor insights on: Crack Your Neck Safely

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What causes my neck to crack?

What causes my neck to crack?

Crackling neck: This is common and may be normal response to moving the neck and forcing air to make a noise much like popping your knuckles or it can be a sign of degenerative arthritis where the bones (vertebrae) in the neck are rubbing against each other. Consult with a physician and xrays would be helpful if you are concerned and/or have pain. ...Read more

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Why does my neck crack exactly?

Why does my neck crack exactly?

Joint surfaces move: Cracking a joint moves the parts of the joint, with the cracking noise coming from cartilage surfaces sliding, from movement of a little air-space from one place in the joint to another, or from some other non-traumatic event. A person with no joint pains before or after cracking a joint is probably not damaging the joint. A doctor should evaluate any pain or stiffness associated with cracking. ...Read more

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Is it bad to "crack" your neck?

Is it bad to "crack" your neck?

No: It will not cause any significant problems, unless you do it too fast, you may cause some muscle pain. ...Read more

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Is it bad to crack your neck or back? 

Is it bad to crack your neck or back? 

Maybe not: Cracking a joint moves the parts of the joint, with the cracking noise coming from cartilage surfaces sliding, from movement of a little air-space from one place in the joint to another, or from some other non-traumatic event. A person with no joint pains before or after cracking a joint is probably not damaging the joint. However, making it a frequent habit has uncertain long-term effects. ...Read more

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Is it true that it's bad to crack your neck?

Probably not: Under normal circumstances, but in general i would advise against active, aggressive manipulation of your neck. ...Read more

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Neck feels like it needs to be cracked what do u do?

Crack neck??: You can go to either a chiropractor or osteopathic physician who are qualified to do neck manipulation after having an x-ray to rule out pathology/contraindications to that procedure. Might also consider acupuncture. ...Read more

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How harmful for your health is it to crack your neck?

How harmful for your health is it to crack your neck?

Depends on : Who's doing it. If you're doing it yourself, probably not a good idea, because doing it chronically will loosen your neck joint ligaments and worsen the problem. If done by a skilled manual medicine practitioner should be ok. Once in a great while, especially in older people this can lead to vertebral artery dissection. ...Read more

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Is it unhealthy to crack your neck? How can I get myself to stop?

Is it unhealthy to crack your neck? How can I get myself to stop?

Potentially: If you crack it out of nervousness, it may be a bad habit. Do not force it to crack. Increasing your stretching to the neck, forward/backward, side to side and in small circles, will likely reduce this need. Other options include seeing a chiropractor or osteopathic dr. ...Read more

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Is it possible to damage your neck by trying to crack it too much?

Possibly: I would not "crack" your neck. This could lead to damage over time. A consultation with a reputable chiropractor may be a better option for spinal manipulation. ...Read more