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cracking your neck?

post #1 of 48
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I've been told that doing this is bad for your neck, but it seems like most people who get a stiff neck get it from stress or fatigue. Today I was working in the garage and somehow turning a wrench the wrong way tweaked something in my shoulder and my neck is stiff as hell. I've tried stretches and even a hot bath, but the stiffness and pain just won't go away. What else can I do? I can barely turn my head side to side.
post #2 of 48
Just crack it if you can. Go see a chiropractor if you can't do it yourself. It's just one time. Nothing bad about that. I do it all the time (along with my fingers, sometimes back, and sometimes toes.) I know that's bad, but I can't help it. My joints just get stiff or feel odd sometimes, like they need to be cracked. Oh and don't worry. It'll go away after a little rest I'm sure.
post #3 of 48
Do not crack your neck, no. I think it's ok to some degree (mild stretches can often cause cracking, for example), but only where it kind of does it on it's own.

In other words, don't force it.

I get a sore neck sometimes, but I find it's usually my shoulder(s) that are the culprit. The worst part about that is it's almost impossible to do anything effective to relieve it.

Whenever I get this, I just pop a Motrin (Ibuprofen) regular strength and lay on the floor flat on my stomach with my arms switching positions every few minutes. From at my sides, to above my head, to outstretched.

Of course, it's not very effective but it helps until it passes. I'm certainly no doctor.

Question for you - are you in pain, or is it just the kind of pain that would otherwise be associated with stiffness? I wonder if you pinched a nerve?
post #4 of 48
I do not crack my neck as much as I used to. One time I did it and it felt like my body went numb for a split second but it hasn't stopped me from doing it. I crack my fingers all of the time and my back once in a while.

Like I said, I used to do it more than I used to just try not to make it a habit. I still crack my fingers all of the time though because they get so stiff. I wouldn't worry about it/.
post #5 of 48
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Originally Posted by GlendaleViper View Post
Do not crack your neck, no. I think it's ok to some degree (mild stretches can often cause cracking, for example), but only where it kind of does it on it's own.

In other words, don't force it.

I get a sore neck sometimes, but I find it's usually my shoulder(s) that are the culprit. The worst part about that is it's almost impossible to do anything effective to relieve it.

Whenever I get this, I just pop a Motrin (Ibuprofen) regular strength and lay on the floor flat on my stomach with my arms switching positions every few minutes. From at my sides, to above my head, to outstretched.

Of course, it's not very effective but it helps until it passes. I'm certainly no doctor.

Question for you - are you in pain, or is it just the kind of pain that would otherwise be associated with stiffness? I wonder if you pinched a nerve?
i've never pinched a nerve before but I'd imagine the pain would be a lot worse than what I'm feeling right now. This happens often enough to really annoy me. Sometimes exerting force the wrong way with my arms will leave me with a stiff neck. One time I sneezed and my neck was in pain for days..

I have no idea what is causing this, and I wouldn't consider my neck muscles underdeveloped or anything. Who knows, maybe I should start doing some neck exercises?
post #6 of 48
A friend of mine used to be really good at cracking his neck. He would take his head and both hands and twist, and his neck would hella pop! He would pretend to die every time and it always tricked me!
post #7 of 48
There is no problem in crackin your neck. It is just air moving between the bones. My chiropractor told me this.
post #8 of 48
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Originally Posted by MASantos View Post
There is no problem in crackin your neck. It is just air moving between the bones. My chiropractor told me this.
Actually, it's a known fact that people who crack their knuckles over time have much weaker grip strength. I would guess something similar would happen with the neck joints. Also, I used to crack my neck (joints), but it led to my more easily pinching a nerve, which is quite painful as well as debilitating. I stopped pretty fast.
post #9 of 48
I crack my neck all the time. It really relieves the built-up stress. I only crack it left and right, never backwards, I nearly slipped a disc trying to do that.

I also crack almost all of my other joints, too. If it can move, you can bet I've popped it.
post #10 of 48
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Originally Posted by PiccoloNamek View Post
If it can move, you can bet I've popped it.
Woah Nilly
post #11 of 48
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Originally Posted by MASantos View Post
There is no problem in crackin your neck. It is just air moving between the bones. My chiropractor told me this.

Like the average quack is a reliable source of useful info.
post #12 of 48
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Like the average quack is a reliable source of useful info.
Like the average head-fier is a reliable source of useful info.
post #13 of 48
p0wn4g3 +1

I crack my neck too... I find it really gets stiff after a while if I don't do that.

The finger thing might be true... my grip isn't the strongest around.
post #14 of 48
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Originally Posted by PiccoloNamek View Post
If it can move, you can bet I've popped it.
x2
post #15 of 48
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Originally Posted by smeggy View Post
Like the average quack is a reliable source of useful info.
X2

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