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Why Does it Feel So Good to Crack My Neck?

Cracking your neck can feel great. But what does it feel good and should you do it? Chiropractic care offers a safer and healthier way to get the same satisfaction and keep your joints healthy.
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It’s something that you become more familiar with as you get older. You wake up in the morning with a kink in your neck or you start to get aches and pains when you’re sitting at your desk. Cracking your neck can feel really good, and if it produces a sound, it can be pretty satisfying too. But why does it feel so good to crack your neck? And is it something that you should be doing? Is it bad for your neck or is it ok to continue to do it? This post explores why it feels satisfying to crack your neck and whether you need to do anything about it.

 

Why Does Your Neck Crack?

 

Your bones cracking is a perfectly normal thing to happen. People used to say that cracking your bones would cause conditions such as arthritis, but there isn’t much evidence to suggest this is true. Cracking your bones doesn’t usually hurt, and it can often feel good, although not everyone likes the sound of it. Lots of joints can crack, including your neck, and it can help to temporarily relieve pain or tension.

What about the noise that’s created when you crack a joint? The noises you hear can be created by a few different things. They are most likely to be gases escaping from your joints. You might also hear sounds caused by ligaments or tendons snapping into place when you move your joint. If you have arthritis, a lack of cartilage might make your bones rub together more and create a noise.

 

Why Does It Feel Good?

 

So why does it feel good to crack your neck? It’s most likely that it feels good to crack your neck because it relieves tension. If tension has built in your neck from sleeping in a bad position or hunching over a desk, cracking it can help to make it feel better. Just like having a good stretch feels good, so can cracking your joints.

 

Is It Safe to Crack Your Neck?

 

Cracking some joints, such as those in your fingers and toes, is usually relatively risk-free. However, cracking your neck or back at home may not be such a great idea. While it might feel good, your spine and the muscles, tendons, and ligaments surrounding your neck and back are delicate and complex. It’s best to have your neck and back “cracked” by a professional.

 

How a Chiropractor Can Help

 

Chiropractic care offers a safer option if you want to have your neck cracked. If you want to deal with the aches and pains of everyday life, regular chiropractic adjustments can help. They help to correct misalignments in your spine and can relieve tension and pain. At Vida, we also offer massage therapy, physical therapy, and other treatments that can help to improve the function of your joints and muscles.

Cracking your neck can feel great, but it’s not such a good idea to do it yourself. Vida can help you to do it in a healthier way with chiropractic care and more.

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