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  • Writer's pictureDr. Rory Dopps

The Satisfaction of Neck Cracking: Why Does It Feel So Good?

Chiropractic care

Hello, I'm Dr. Rory Dopps from Dopps Chiropractic in Overland Park, Kansas. Today, we're going to discuss a question many people have: why does neck cracking feel so good? It's not uncommon for people to crack their necks to find temporary relief from stiffness or discomfort. In this blog, we'll explore the reasons behind this sensation and discuss why it's essential to consult a chiropractor for neck adjustments.

So, why does neck cracking feel so good? Here are some possible explanations:

  1. Release of pressure: When you crack your neck, it can cause a release of pressure within the joint due to the movement of synovial fluid and gas bubbles. This release of pressure may provide temporary relief from stiffness and discomfort.

  2. Endorphin release: The act of cracking your neck can stimulate the release of endorphins, your body's natural painkillers. These chemicals can help alleviate pain and generate a sense of well-being.

  3. Increased range of motion: Neck cracking can temporarily increase the range of motion in your neck, making it feel looser and more flexible.

  4. Muscle relaxation: When you crack your neck, the surrounding muscles may relax, providing relief from tension and discomfort.

While cracking your neck may provide momentary relief, it's important to remember that self-adjusting your neck can be dangerous. Chiropractors are trained professionals who can provide safe and effective neck adjustments tailored to your specific needs.

Here are some reasons why it's better to consult a chiropractor for neck adjustments:

  1. Expertise: Chiropractors have the knowledge and skills to identify and correct issues related to your spine and neck, ensuring a safe and effective adjustment.

  2. Long-term solutions: While neck cracking might offer temporary relief, chiropractors can help address the root causes of your discomfort and provide long-term solutions for improved neck health.

  3. Comprehensive care: Chiropractors can offer comprehensive care, including exercises, stretches, and lifestyle recommendations, to support your overall well-being.

If you're experiencing neck discomfort or stiffness, consider scheduling an appointment with a chiropractor like myself. You can book an appointment online at Don't forget to visit our nutrition shop on our website for products designed to support your overall health and well-being.

Stay healthy, and remember to take care of your neck!


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