Here’s What Happens To Your Body When You Crack Your Neck

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What you don’t know could hurt you.

#1 What happens when you crack your neck?

When you crack your neck, the cracking noise originates from synovial fluid inside the joint.

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#2 When you crack your neck, or a different joint, the joint capsule stretches.

When the joint stretches, the fluid inside the joint, called synovial fluid, releases a bubble of air.

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#3 When the bubble pops and an audible crack is produced.

But cracking your neck to relieve pain and pressure is only a temporary fix and can lead to problems down the road.

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#4 Problems associated with cracking your neck:

At worst, a small tear could form on the vertebral artery, which could one day lead to stroke.

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#5 Cracking joints too often can stretch ligaments.

Stretched ligaments are weaker and cause more pain because they cannot offer proper support.

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#6 Cracking your neck at home is not the same thing as seeing a chiropractor.

At the chiropractor you will receive a spinal adjustment. Cracking your neck at home will only releases an air gas bubble in the synovial fluid, providing temporary relief.

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