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Neck cracking is a common phenomenon that many people experience. It occurs when the joints in the neck are stretched or...
04/05/2023

Neck cracking is a common phenomenon that many people experience. It occurs when the joints in the neck are stretched or moved, resulting in a cracking or popping sound. While some people find this sensation satisfying or even therapeutic, others may find it uncomfortable or alarming.

In this article, we will explore the causes of it, the potential risks and benefits, and what to do if you experience pain or discomfort.

Causes of Neck Cracking
There are several reasons why it may occur, including:

Gas bubbles: The popping sound you hear when you crack your neck is often caused by the release of gas bubbles from the joints in your neck. These bubbles form when the synovial fluid that lubricates your joints is stretched or compressed.
Muscle tension: Tightness in the muscles surrounding your neck can cause the joints to move out of alignment, leading to cracking or popping sounds.
Poor posture: Maintaining poor posture, such as slouching or craning your neck forward, can put extra pressure on the joints in your neck and lead to cracking or popping sounds.
Injury: Trauma or injury to the neck, such as whiplash, can cause the joints to move out of alignment, leading to cracking or popping sounds.
Risks and Benefits of Neck Cracking
While many people find it to be satisfying or even therapeutic, there are potential risks and benefits to consider.

Neck cracking

Benefits of Neck Cracking:
Improved range of motion: It can help to loosen up stiff joints and improve your range of motion.
Relaxation: Some people find that it can help to relieve tension and promote relaxation.
Risks of Neck Cracking:
Increased risk of injury: It often can cause damage to the ligaments and cartilage in your neck, potentially leading to pain or even long-term damage.

Nerve damage: In some cases, it can put pressure on the nerves in your neck, leading to tingling, numbness, or even paralysis.
Headaches: It can sometimes lead to headaches, especially if you do it too often or too forcefully.
What to Do if You Experience Pain or Discomfort
If you experience pain or discomfort when cracking your neck, or if you notice that the popping or cracking sounds are becoming more frequent, it’s important to see a healthcare provider. They can perform a physical exam, order imaging tests, and determine if there is an underlying medical condition causing your symptoms.

If you have pain or discomfort in your neck, there are several things you can do to help alleviate your symptoms:

Apply heat or cold: Applying heat or cold to your neck can help to reduce inflammation and relieve pain.
Practice good posture: Maintaining good posture can help to reduce pressure on your neck and prevent further injury.
Exercise: Gentle exercises, such as stretching or yoga, can help to improve your range of motion and reduce muscle tension in your neck.
In conclusion, it is a common phenomenon that can be caused by a variety of factors. While some people find neck cracking to be therapeutic or satisfying, there are potential risks and benefits to consider. If you experience pain or discomfort when cracking your neck, or if the popping or cracking sounds are becoming more frequent, it’s important to see a healthcare provider to determine if there is an underlying medical condition causing your symptoms.

“How long is this going to take?” is the BIG question a lot of those suffering from Achilles tendinopathy want to know t...
05/30/2022

“How long is this going to take?” is the BIG question a lot of those suffering from Achilles tendinopathy want to know the answer to. In this blog we discuss what to expect with Achilles tendinopathy.
The answer is, as always, it depends. Whilst some can see rapid improvement within 3 months, for a lot of those with Achilles tendinopathy, it can take 3-6 months to see improvement, with full pain resolution sometimes taking over 1 year . In fact, in a study by Silbernagel, only 65% were totally symptom free at 5yrs .

Now this might seem a bit depressing for those suffering with this condition, but whilst SYMPTOMS may persist for sometime, getting back to the things you love doing (i.e. running, football) without the pain impeding your performance, will often take much less time. The good news is you do NOT need to take a year off running, it just means that for a period of time, whilst rehabilitating, there may be some discomfort whilst running, but it’s a manageable discomfort.

“Full recovery relies heavily on consistent, ongoing self management”

Because this is often a long process, it is important for anyone suffering with Achilles tendinopathy (and tendinopathy in general really) to stay the course, and be consistent with following the advice of their health practitioner. This is rarely a condition where doing a couple of exercises for a few weeks will sort it out.

“Slow to settle but quick to aggravate”

Flare ups will likely happen along the road to recovery, but you should be provided with advice & support by your health practitioner on what to do in these instances. In Silbernagel’s 5 year study, 15% experienced a recurrence of symptoms.

We advise our patients that instead of comparing their pain “day to day”, they take a longer term view, and compare “week to week” (thanks to Pete Malliaras for this one). Said another way, don’t look for progress by comparing what your pain feels like today versus yesterday, look at the week as an average, and compare that to the previous week.

Symptomatic recovery does NOT ensure full recovery of muscle-tendon function

Another interesting finding from Silbernagel’s research was that of those who achieved full symptomatic recovery, only 25% achieved full recovery of the muscle-tendon function as measured by a test battery. (Silbernagel, Thomee et al. 2007) So this means that whilst you might be free of pain, it doesn’t guarantee that the full function of the tendon has been restored

So in conclusion, whilst Achilles tendinopathy can take a while to recover, it need not stop you from doing what you love.

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How to prevent back pain?1-Maintaining good posture.2-Sleeping on your side or on your back with a pillow under your kne...
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How to prevent back pain?
1-Maintaining good posture.
2-Sleeping on your side or on your back with a pillow under your knees if you can.
3-Exercising regularly, but stretch before and after.
4-Practicing abdominal crunches to strengthen abdominal muscles, which support your lower back.
5-Also, walk or swim regularly to strengthen your lower back.
6-Always lifting objects from a squatting position, using your hips and your legs to do the heavy work. Avoid lifting, twisting and bending at the same time.
7-Avoiding sitting or standing for extended periods of time.
8- Wearing soft soled shoes with heels that are less than 1 and one-half inches high.

Your rotator cuff is a group of muscles and tendons that help tether your shoulder into the socket and allow you to move...
10/21/2021

Your rotator cuff is a group of muscles and tendons that help tether your shoulder into the socket and allow you to move it in a circular motion. Most problems with the rotator cuff fall into two categories: tears or inflammation. Suspect a rotator cuff problem if you have pain or stiffness in your shoulder when you lift your arm above your head to brush your hair or when you reach behind your back. "You won't be able to do a lot of things you want to do, such as put dishes in an upper cabinet, play tennis, or do garden pruning," says Dr. Ramappa.

Rotator cuff impingement. A rotator cuff impingement happens when there is irritation, inflammation, or compression of the tendons or bursa (the fluid-filled sac that sits between bones) in the shoulder. Impingement can be caused by an injury, but it can also just result from general wear and tear from daily life.
Rotator cuff tears. A tear in the rotator cuff will produce pain that is similar to an impingement but has one additional differentiating feature. "If the pain is associated with weakness, it is likely caused by a tear, and if you just have pain, it may only be a rotator cuff impingement," says Dr. Ramappa

If your knees have become painful, tender, or swollen, are stiff first thing in the morning or are making crackling nois...
09/05/2021

If your knees have become painful, tender, or swollen, are stiff first thing in the morning or are making crackling noises, the probable cause is osteoarthritis, which affects more than two-thirds of women over age 60. Osteoarthritis results from the breakdown of joint cartilage, the tough, slippery tissue that protects the ends of bones. Eventually, the cartilage may wear away completely, permitting bone to rub painfully against bone. The goals of osteoarthritis treatment are to reduce pain and stiffness, limit the progression of joint damage, and maintain and improve knee function and mobility.

08/07/2021
Some of us may have experienced having difficulty in taking a book off an overhead shelf, reaching activities and dressi...
08/02/2021

Some of us may have experienced having difficulty in taking a book off an overhead shelf, reaching activities and dressing because of our shoulder or both shoulders stiffness. Frozen shoulder ( adhesive capsulitis) is the temporary loss of normal range of motion in the shoulder. It tends to get worse and can lead to considerable disability. The condition typically affects adults over age 40, and women more often than men. Often a shoulder freezes up because it hasn't been used for a while because of pain, injury, surgery, or illness. In most cases, a frozen shoulder can be unfrozen, although full recovery may take months and a lot of self-help. If you are suffering from a frozen shoulder, or physiotherapist can provide assessment, manual techniques, modalities, soft tissue release and exercises to improve your shoulder range of motion.
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What is tennis elbow ?Tennis elbow (lateral epicondylitis) is inflammation of tendons ( tendinitis ).In tennis elbow, th...
07/23/2021

What is tennis elbow ?
Tennis elbow (lateral epicondylitis) is inflammation of tendons ( tendinitis ).In tennis elbow, the tendons on the outside of the elbow (the lateral epicondyle) are inflamed.In golfer's elbow (medial epicondylitis) which is also a tendinitis , the tendons on the inside of the elbow are affected. The inflamed tendon may be strained or have tiny tears caused by overusing the muscles that control the wrist and fingers.
The pain of tennis elbow generally subsides within a few weeks, although it sometimes can last for months.
If you continue to use the injured muscles , it can prevent healing and may result in a long-lasting (chronic) condition.
Researches prove the effectiveness of physiotherapy in pain reduction and improvement of the function in the patients with tennis elbow.
Our physiotherapist can explain your condition and also provide the proper modalities, exercises and manual therapy to reduce your pain and improve your function.
🌿 We offer RMT massage , Physiotherapy, Chiropractic, Acupuncture services and much more are still open! Direct billing to insurance is available.
Bathurst Wellness 🌱
10815 Bathurst Street Unit 25
Richmond Hill, Ontario
(905) 883-6006 📞

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