When we feel the beginning of that creak in our necks all we want is to crack it and go about our day. But what happens if you’re already suffering from neck pain? Is it safe to crack your neck without causing further pain or complications? Let’s take a few moments and dive deeper into why we crack our necks and what effect it can have on our necks.
Why Do We Crack Our Necks?
Our daily routine can be exhausting, leaving us tired and needing a rest at the end of the day. Whether the day’s activities involve moving loads or hunched over a computer or book for long periods of time, it is likely that some tension will develop in our neck muscles. This tension is a result of fatigue, and can be experienced in a range from slight discomfort to persistent pain. People tend to think an easy solution to this is to turn their neck in an irregular or abnormal way, until they hear a cracking sound.
What’s That Popping Sound?
What’s the Worst that Could Happen?
Although cracking the neck can sometimes bring instant relief, there are risks that come along with doing it too frequently, or in a wrong way. When done correctly with the help of a medical professional it can have several benefits, however, cracking your neck repeatedly on your own can have negative effects.
So Is It Safe?
Cracking your neck at home is already a risk, especially if you don’t know how to do it properly. If you’re experiencing neck pain and think cracking your neck is the answer, it’s best to wait and see your Physical Therapist first. There could be a variety of reasons why your neck hurts and the last thing you need is to further complicate your pain by trying to fix the issue yourself with no guidance.
As always, the best remedy to any problem is prevention. In order to avoid neck pain it is advisable to practice proper posture and avoid causing strain to the neck. Avoid carrying heavy bags over one shoulder, and sleep in comfortable positions that align the head, neck, and back. Also, frequent exercise and full-body stretches will go a long way in distributing and getting rid of muscular tension throughout the body.
In case you’re experiencing consistent pain, or have a specific region in your neck where you feel a sharp pain when you turn your head, it’s best to reach out and schedule an appointment to see your Physical Therapist as soon as possible. At David L Curtis PT, we provide expert medical advice and premier physical therapy services. Call our offices today at (203) 247 2143 to schedule an appointment!
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