People often crack their own necks and other joints to relieve stiffness and pain, but is this safe? Does it wear out the joints or lead to arthritis?
Numerous studies have investigated why joints “crack” and there are a lot of theories about what causes the noise. Some researchers say it is air within the joint cavity escaping which creates a popping noise, and others say it is the joint surfaces slipping on each other. Regardless, there is no proven link between cracking your joints and early arthritis or joint damage.
Actually, Physiotherapists quite often use treatment techniques that involve “cracking” or manipulating joints. Now we don’t advise everyone go ahead as crack their necks all day, as there are some associated risks such as injuring the nearby muscles, ligaments and blood vessels. However, when done properly by a trained and experienced Physiotherapist it is a very effective treatment for neck & shoulder pain, neck stiffness and headaches.
This type of treatment is often combined with analysing your posture and work environment, and performing certain exercises to compliment hands-on treatment. If you suffer from neck pain/stiffness or regular headaches, talk to your Physiotherapist about how you can better manage you symptoms and get on top of the underlying problem.
Our experienced Physiotherapists at The Physio Clinic are happy to help and answer any questions or concerns you have.
Phone 8342 1233 or click below to book online.
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