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What happens when a chiropractor cracks your neck?

What is the sound when a chiropractor cracks your neck? 

In order to understand why and how this works, one must first explore two main factors at play – escaping gas from joints, and joint movement controlled by muscles. 

So let’s dive deeper into what really happens when a chiropractor cracks your neck!

Introducing the crack – what to expect

Have you ever visited a chiropractor and heard that satisfyingly loud “crack” during your session? As alarming as it may sound, that cracking noise is actually only nitrogen gas being released.

By applying pressure to specific areas of your neck and back, chiropractors use quick, controlled movements to adjust restricted joints and relieve pressure on nerves. 

The sensation of cracking is caused by the release of gas bubbles within the joints, with most patients experiencing a feeling of relief and increased mobility after their session. Not every adjustment will make a cracking sound as there may not be gas in the joint at the time of the adjust.

So, if you’re feeling a bit apprehensive before your next chiropractic appointment, remember that this cracking sensation can be a natural and beneficial part of healing. However, if you really don’t want to experience the crack, there are other techniques, including manual and instrument options, available. 

It turns out our joints are crucial to our overall mobility, and a chiropractor adjusting your neck can provide tremendous relief. 

When joints become stiff or dysfunctional, they can affect the entire body, limiting movement and causing pain. 

By manipulating the joints through chiropractic adjustments, a chiropractor can restore proper movement and alleviate discomfort. 

Arthritis and Cracking Your Neck

Arthritis can be an incredibly painful condition, and those who suffer from it are constantly searching for relief. While cracking your neck might sound like a questionable solution, many people have found it to be an effective way to ease their arthritis symptoms. 

As you tilt your head to the side and hear that satisfying “pop,” you may experience a release of tension in your neck and shoulders. This can help alleviate pain and stiffness, common symptoms of arthritis. 

While it’s important to consult your chiropractor before, cracking your neck may be a simple and relatively safe way to find some much-needed relief. 

Conclusion: What happens when a chiropractor cracks your neck?

As our journey together to explore this topic comes to a close, it’s important to reflect on all that we’ve learned. 

All in all, having your neck cracked can provide significant benefits to joint movement and general well-being. Cracking one’s neck should never be performed for pleasure or convenience – only for reasons like eliminating soreness and stiffness or improving mobility, and only performed by a trained professional like a chiropractor.

Shannon Heard Mchiro DC

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