Cracking Your Neck A Lot? Let a Chiropractor Help!
By Stepy Kamei
We've all experienced that moment when you crack your neck, or your knuckles, or any other joint, and experience a wave of relief after the loud "popping" sound it makes. Why does cracking your neck feel so great? What is that loud popping noise anyway? And, can a chiropractor do even more to help you find relief? You've probably had all of these questions and more, and the answers are simple and easy to find. Simply keep on reading to learn more about the nature of chiropractic care, how it can help you -- and why you should leave neck cracking to the pros.
What is Neck Cracking Really Doing, Anyway?
When you crack your neck, there are a few things that are going on in your body. First, you may feel the urge to crack your neck because of a feeling of pressure, stiffness, or soreness. When you do crack your neck, you are essentially stretching out your joint and surrounding "capsules," which contain fluid. When the joints are stretched out, pressure is relieved from the area, including the fluid in the capsules. The fluid then naturally forms into gas, and this process is what makes the loud popping sound. This is known in the medical community as cavitation, or boiling. It might sound intense, but it's never supposed to be harmful to your health. Furthermore, the process of cracking your joints can release endorphins into your system. Endorphins are the feel-good chemical that often gets released during a good workout as well, and they tend to elevate mood, reduce feelings of discomfort, and manage pain. Many people feel a sense of reduced pressure and relief when this happens.
Why You Should See a Chiropractor Instead
Still, it's important to know that doctors of chiropractic are trained to understand the process of "cracking" a person's joints. Therefore, they know how to perform these adjustments safely and efficiently. A chiropractor will be able to examine your spinal column for any restrictions that may be impeding your health and causing a buildup of pressure on your joints. Then, they can use safe, natural techniques in order to relieve these restrictions and reduce any pain or discomfort you may be feeling.
In short, it's always a good idea to consult with a chiropractor about any pressure, discomfort, or limited mobility you may be feeling within any area of your body.
To learn more about your health, wellness and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Houston, Tex.