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  • Writer's pictureDr. Rory Dopps

Unraveling the Mysteries of Neck Cracking: Does Your Neck Need Cracking?

Stiff neck
Neck pain

Hello everyone! I am Dr. Rory Dopps of Dopps Chiropractic in Overland Park, Kansas. Today, we'll be discussing a topic that's frequently asked by our patients: neck cracking. You might be wondering if your neck needs cracking, why it makes those noises, and whether it's safe or not. Let's explore these questions in detail.

First, it's essential to understand that the term "cracking" is often misleading. In chiropractic care, we refer to it as an "adjustment," which is a more accurate representation of the gentle, controlled force used to restore normal joint function.

So, how do you know if your neck needs an adjustment? Here are some signs that you might benefit from a chiropractic neck adjustment:

  1. Stiffness or reduced mobility: If you find it difficult to turn your head or experience stiffness in your neck, it could be a sign that your neck needs an adjustment.

  2. Pain or discomfort: Neck pain can result from poor posture, injury, or chronic conditions. If you're experiencing pain or discomfort in your neck, it might be time to consult a chiropractor.

  3. Frequent headaches: Tension headaches are often caused by muscle tension or misalignment in the neck. If you're suffering from frequent headaches, a chiropractic adjustment may help alleviate the pain.

  4. Numbness or tingling: If you're experiencing numbness, tingling, or weakness in your arms or hands, it could be a sign of a pinched nerve in your neck. A chiropractic adjustment can help relieve the pressure on the nerve.

It's crucial to remember that self-adjusting your neck can be dangerous and should be avoided. Chiropractors are trained professionals who understand the anatomy and physiology of the spine and can provide safe and effective adjustments.

If you're experiencing any of the symptoms mentioned above, consider scheduling an appointment with a chiropractor like myself. You can book an appointment online at While you're there, don't forget to visit our nutrition shop for products designed to help support your overall health and well-being.

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


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