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Can I pop my own neck?

I am a 29 year old male. I wonder if I can pop my own neck?

7 Answers

Hello there, yes you can pop your own neck. Commonly, when you’re doing that you’re getting an vertebra that have too much motion to make a noise because they are compensating for other vertebrae above or below that are locked up (a vertebral subluxation).
If you move your neck and it pops automatically and doesn't hurt it is probable ok, but never intentionally pop yours or anybody else's neck. Your will pop the wrong one and make the problem worse. All the joins in the spine work in coordination with the other. If one is moving too little then the one adjacent will tend to move too much in compensation. If you are not trained and try to move it you can damage either or both vertebrae.

Yes, you can, but it may not be worth the instability you create in your spinal joints. Chiropractors are neuromuscularskeletal specialists. I have personally attended 4 years of college earning my bachelors degree with 3 and 1/3 years of Chiropractic college totaling 7 and 1/3 years of college. We are highly trained specialists, so with this in mind, I would advised abstaining from self adjusting. It may create more harm than good.


Dr. Joel D. Duchon
You should not do it yourself because of risk of injury. Also when you do it yourself you are not in control so you are risking mobilizing areas of the neck that don't need to be mobilized.
I recommend you do not pop your own neck. This needs to be performed by a trained and licensed professional.
You can, but it's not necessarily a good idea. It's possible to hurt yourself while attempting that.
I don’t suggest popping your own neck as you can severely injure yourself. Only trained professionals should adjust your neck.