What happens when a chiropractor cracks your neck?


When a chiropractor performs a neck adjustment, which may also be referred to as a cervical manipulation, they apply a controlled force to the joints of the neck in order to move them beyond their normal range of motion. This can create a popping or cracking sound, which is the result of a release of gas that has built up in the joint.

While some people may find the cracking sound unsettling, neck adjustments are generally safe when performed by a licensed chiropractor who has undergone appropriate training and follows established guidelines for safe practice.

The potential benefits of neck adjustments include improved range of motion, reduced pain and stiffness in the neck and shoulders, and relief of headaches and other symptoms related to neck and shoulder tension.

Risks from Chiropractic adjustments are relatively rare, but they underscore the importance of seeking care from a licensed and experienced chiropractor who can perform a thorough evaluation and determine whether a neck adjustment is appropriate for you.

It is also important to communicate openly with your chiropractor and to report any unusual symptoms or sensations that you experience during or after a neck adjustment. Your chiropractor can help you understand what to expect during and after the procedure, as well as any potential risks or side effects.