Is Cracking Your Own Neck Dangerous?

Is Cracking Your Own Neck Dangerous?

When your neck is stiff, there is only one thing you want: relief.

Neck stiffness isn’t unusual, and it can occur from merely spending too long bent over your desk, sleeping awkwardly or lifting something that is too heavy. Many crave the feeling of relief that comes from a quick crack of the neck (although some research has shown that this may be a psychological placebo effect).

But is Cracking Your Neck Any Good for You?

Well, it depends. If you can crack your neck by merely turning your head, you likely aren’t causing yourself damage to do it occasionally. However, if you are forcing your neck to pop or crack suddenly, you probably aren’t doing yourself a lot of good.

Cracking your neck yourself may not be the best option if you are feeling more than just “a bit stiff,” or if you are experiencing neck stiffness and pain over several days, and if this is the case you will benefit from seeing a chiropractor.

Leave It To The Professionals

A friend might offer to give you a hand with your stiff neck, but they could easily end up applying too much pressure and causing more damage than good. Only get your back or neck adjusted from a licensed chiropractor or physical therapist.

So, What Happens When You Crack Your Neck?

There are a few explanations for why your neck makes a popping sound. The first is called cavitation. Our joints contain gases (nitrogen, carbon dioxide, and oxygen) and fluid to cushion and lubricate the joints. The sound is produced by pressure on the fluid that creates gas bubbles that pop. Cavitation can increase flexibility and ease discomfort, and chiropractors are trained in how to do this most effectively to relieve pain.

Another reason for the cracking noise you hear can be the result of ligaments and tendons moving over the joints or one another. Ligaments connect bone to bone, and tendons connect muscle to bone. Sometimes, if the ligaments, muscles or tendons supporting your neck are too tight or too loose, they will make this cracking noise when you force the tendons, muscles or ligaments to rub against your bones.

Popping your joints (neck or otherwise) releases endorphins that help relieve your pain temporarily. This release can be addictive, hence why people will often say, “but I needed to!” if you ask them to stop cracking a specific body part.

This popping or cracking noise does not necessarily indicate there has been any positive readjustment.

When is Neck Cracking Bad for You?

Cracking or popping your neck should never hurt, and you should never have to force it. If either of these things is true, then neck cracking is likely doing you harm. Your neck should not be extremely stiff or at all swollen, and if this is the case, you almost certainly have a neck injury that requires medical attention.

Be aware that constant or forcibly cracking your neck can be bad for you. There is an abundance of blood vessels in your neck that can be damaged by continuous cracking. These vessels carry blood to, and away from your brain, so forceful and constant neck cracking can increase your risk of stroke by damaging these vessels.

Another danger of forceful cracking is overextending your ligaments and tendons, which can weaken their ability to support your head throughout your life.

Can Neck Cracking Cause Arthritis?

Many people don’t like to hear someone else’s joints popping, and most of us have heard someone tell us that cracking your joints will cause arthritis. But does it? There is no research showing direct links between arthritis and cracking joints.

Stiff Neck? Neck Cracking Alternatives

Hold a stretch for at least 20 seconds, release, and repeat until you feel better.

How Do You Know if You Need to See a Professional?

If you are continuously experiencing a stiff neck or neck pain, it’s essential to see a professional who can ensure you don’t have an underlying problem that needs to be corrected. If you need an expert to help with your current or chronic neck stiffness or pain contact Get Well Chiropractic of Northville to book an appointment today!

Chiropractic Care During Pregnancy

Chiropractic Care During Pregnancy

Everybody talks about how having a child changes your life. Providing for them, changing diapers, teaching them how to live, soccer practice, homework, saving for college…

However, people talk less about how having a child changes your body. Your joints and ligaments loosen to accommodate your new passenger. The extra unbalanced weight can throw off your posture and leave you feeling clumsy when you move. It doesn’t take a blog to tell you that pregnancy and childbirth are brutal on your body.

This is where chiropractic care comes in. Maintaining spine and joint health is extremely important during this special nine months when your body is doing so much extra work to accommodate your child. Like anything with pregnancy, there are some extra considerations to make sure you are doing it safely.

Is Chiropractic Care During Pregnancy Safe?

Overall, it is safe to receive chiropractic care when you are pregnant. Medically speaking, there are no harmful effects to you or your child from chiropractic treatments as long as they are performed correctly by qualified professionals. This is because chiropractic care does not involve any drugs or surgeries. It is a completely natural and medically proven way of healing your body.

Luckily, our team is trained in how to treat pregnant women and some even specialize in prenatal care.

How can you tell if your chiropractor is trained on how to treat for pregnant women? Well, your first stop should always be your doctor. They should be clearing any treatment you get and they might even recommend us to you. Additionally, a good prenatal chiropractor will take extra care not to put any pressure on your belly or abdomen and may also provide you with pregnancy-safe stretches to help with relieving tension and joint stress.

What are the Benefits?

As your baby grows, your center of gravity changes and your spine tries to compensate. Your joints and pelvis will also change as they prepare for delivery. This is a recipe for discomfort, pain, and misalignment. A properly aligned pelvis is also important in providing enough room for your baby’s development.

Chiropractic care can help with all of these problems in a natural and non-invasive way and can even help with other aspects of pregnancy like reducing nausea.

Extra Considerations

While discussing care with your doctor should be your first step, there are some other considerations to keep in mind as well. If you are experiencing vaginal bleeding, placental abruption, or otherwise expect to have complications or an atypical pregnancy, then extra discussion needs to take place with your doctor and chiropractor to ensure that everyone is on the same page in providing you with proper care.

Talk to your doctor before receiving any treatment, but if you have any questions about prenatal chiropractic care or are looking for qualified professionals who will take good care of you and your treasure, schedule a consultation with Get Well Chiropractic of Northville.

Signs You Need a Chiropractor for Neck Pain

Signs You Need a Chiropractor for Neck Pain

Signs You Need a Chiropractor for Neck PainMost people experience neck pain in their lifetime. It may be due to sleeping the wrong way in bed or something more serious, such as a sports injury. Whatever the cause may be, neck pain can be painful and disruptive to the person’s life.

If you’re dealing with neck pain that is causing problems in your life, it might be time to pay a visit to your chiropractor.

When You Need a Chiropractor

Neck pain can be hard to treat, especially when the cause isn’t known. The only way to know if a chiropractor can alleviate the pain is to ask yourself these questions:

Did you sleep wrong on your neck?

Many people describe this as a “crick in the neck”. If you woke up with the neck pain and it’s hard to move your head from side to side and up and down, it’s likely you hyperextended your neck muscles while you were sleeping. A chiropractor can make adjustments that will relieve the stiffness, which will help your mobility and pain.

Do you slouch when working at a computer?

People who slouch when sitting often place too much pressure on their neck and shoulders. Over time, this can cause muscle and tissue issues that will lead to aching and pain. A chiropractor can help move the muscles and tissues to relieve the nerve endings causing the pain. With regular treatment, the neck pain will cease.

Did you hurt your neck while being physically active?

If you’ve been playing tennis, basketball, or another sport and have been hit in the shoulder, neck or any place near them, you may be suffering from pain, but also numbness and weakness.
Only you know if your injuries are serious enough for an ER visit. If you’re able to still move, talk and otherwise function normally, a chiropractor could save you a lot of money. However, if you’re immobile and in excruciating pain, a visit to the ER is probably the best choice.

Have you been drinking enough water?

Drinking is so incredibly important to people’s health, and when they don’t get enough of it, they can start to suffer from dehydration. Neck pain can be a side effect of dehydration, so consider drinking some water to see if it goes away. If it doesn’t, something else may be going on, and a chiropractor will be able to tell you.

How are you holding your phone?

If you’re not using speakerphone most of the time, you’re likely cradling the phone between your ear and shoulder. This is just asking for neck problems. After some time, the pain may not subside even after not cradling the phone. That’s when chiropractic care can help you recover from the stress placed on your neck.

Getting Help from a Chiropractor in Northville

Contact Get Well Chiropractic in Northville if you’re looking for chiropractic care for neck pain. Our chiropractor has many years of experience helping people who suffer from neck pain and other physical ailments. Learn more about his chiropractic services here or call (248) 465-0000 for a consultation.

A Hands-On Approach to Arthritis Management

A Hands-On Approach to Arthritis Management

The pain, stiffness, and ongoing discomfort in your joints isn’t uncommon. The Arthritis Foundation reports 53 million Americans suffer from it. While many people believe it’s something only older individuals suffer from, that’s not the case. Two-thirds of people suffering from it are under the age of 65 years old and there are 300,000 children trying to cope with it.

Arthritis is a joint condition. It is the result of the joints becoming inflamed. This inflammation can cause mobility issues and pain. It can significantly affect the quality of life of those who suffer from it.

Two Types of Arthritis

There are two types of arthritis: Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) and OsteoArthritis (OA). Understanding the differences can help you get the right treatment.

Rheumatoid Arthritis

This type of arthritis is symmetrical, meaning the inflammation occurs on both sides of the body simultaneously. For instance, both wrists may be suffering from it at the same time.
Symptoms of RA include:

  • Stiffness after prolonged inactivity
  • Fatigue
  • Fever

RA is an immune dependent condition, as in the reason the inflammation occurs is due to the immune system believing there is a threat of some sort and causes inflammation to protect the body.
In severe cases in which the condition is not treated, joint erosion may occur along with damage to internal organs.

OsteoArthritis (OA)

This type of arthritis occurs in the knees, hips and spine where the most weight from the body lies. Some people may suffer from it in their fingers, elbows, wrists, and ankles.

OA is a degenerative joint disease because it happens due to overuse of the body. For instance, athletes and those who have highly active jobs are more at risk of developing OA.

Unlike RA, this type of arthritis doesn’t have the serious consequences of eroding joints and internal organ damage. It can cause deformities, though. For example, a person may end up with knees that curve outward like a bow.

How Chiropractic Care Can Help

Chiropractic care can be highly effective in relieving RA and OA. Spinal misalignments can be a factor in these types of arthritis, as it can place stress on the joints. This can accelerate the wear and tear on the joints, which leads to arthritis.

Chiropractors can detect and correct misalignments in the body. With a few adjustments, the body will be able to perform as it’s supposed to in the way it’s supposed to, so it does not affect the joints as much. This also leads to restoration of the spinal bones, so they do not continue to spur (develop new bones). With chiropractic adjustments, people feel relief from symptoms and can live their daily life with less pain.

Other benefits of chiropractic care include:

  • Increased Flexibility
  • More Energy
  • Improved Strength

Contact Get Well Chiropractic for Arthritis Relief

If you’ve been suffering from arthritis (RA or OA), consider contacting Get Well Chiropractic in Northville. We specialize in helping people just like you find relief from their symptoms, so they do not have to be at the mercy of their arthritic pain. Contact us today for a consultation at (248) 465-0000.