Chiropractic Care for Neck Cracking
By Amy Silva
Many people stretch their necks just as they stretch their bodies after waking up or sitting for a period of time. Generally, it isn't dangerous to gently move your neck while stretching. But if you are constantly using your hands to push it farther than it should go or experiencing discomfort due to moving it quickly and with force, it isn't a great idea and should be considered unsafe. Seeking chiropractic care for neck pain or if your neck feels as though it always needs to be shifted is a much safer option.
Why Your Neck Might Feel Like It Needs to Crack
Here are some reasons you may feel you need to scratch your itch.
- Bad posture - Having bad posture throughout the day or while sleeping can cause neck discomfort making you feel as though you need to crack it to feel better
- Alignment - The neck is part of the spine, so even when the lower spine is out of alignment it can affect your neck as well
- Arthritis - Arthritis can cause joint discomfort and make you want to crack your neck for relief
How a Chiropractor Can Help Your Neck
Sometimes neck pain or stiffness can be caused by your spine being out of alignment. There are several causes to this, but unless you seek a professional's help, you likely won't make much difference by cracking your neck yourself. Not only that, but you could make it worse by being too forceful and causing pain, or even forcing your joints out of alignment even more, causing further issues.
Chiropractors are trained professionals and can assess your neck and spine to see what needs to be done, as well as find out if you have an underlying medical issue causing your problem that you may not have known about. No matter the cause, it's generally safer to have a chiropractor manipulate your joints rather than doing it yourself. Just be sure to only go to qualified professionals, such as those at The Joint.
What Can You Do at Home for a Stiff Neck?
- Move your neck gently and slowly while doing neck and back stretches
- Try sleeping in a different position and purchasing the right type of pillow for that position
- Alternating between heat and ice may help
See the chiropractors at The Joint for an assessment to find out what could be causing your neck to feel stiff and to have it safely manipulated. They're open evenings and weekends and no appointment is necessary.
To learn more about your health, wellness and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Sacramento, Calif.