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Is it harmful to crank/snap my neck? I do this several times a day and it gives me relief.

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Garrett Caldwell
Family Medicine
2 doctors agree

In brief: Cracking your neck

Negative effects of cracking your own neck including ligamentous lax.
Over time, as you do this, your ligaments with stretch and won't do a proper job supporting your cervical vertebrae. This will make you more susceptible to whiplash injuries. Having a professional crack your neck involves isolating a specific joint to 'crack' which will prevent this laxity in the ligaments.

In brief: Cracking your neck

Negative effects of cracking your own neck including ligamentous lax.
Over time, as you do this, your ligaments with stretch and won't do a proper job supporting your cervical vertebrae. This will make you more susceptible to whiplash injuries. Having a professional crack your neck involves isolating a specific joint to 'crack' which will prevent this laxity in the ligaments.
Garrett Caldwell
Garrett Caldwell
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Dr. Bruce Rothschild
Internal Medicine - Rheumatology
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Not really

Just an earache from being told that it is a problem.

In brief: Not really

Just an earache from being told that it is a problem.
Dr. Bruce Rothschild
Dr. Bruce Rothschild
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