Why is my throat cracking badly

That is why it sometimes cracks in the neck

Berlin - a turning movement with the head to the right or left - and suddenly there is a crack in the neck. That can be frightening. The good news: “As a rule, that's nothing bad at all,” says Ramin Nazemi, an orthopedic specialist in Essen. The cracking is often an indication of tension.

However, as soon as pain, numbness or tingling - for example in the arms - occurs after or with the clicking sound, it is advisable to consult a doctor.

It is normal for joints to crack. The noise, which is often perceived as unpleasant, is caused by stretching of the joint capsules. Joints consist of two surfaces. There is grease in between, which ensures that the two surfaces remain supple. Every now and then, however, there are jerky and unexpected movements.

This presumably creates a negative pressure in the joint capsules. Gases dissolve, bubbles form and burst - "and all of this leads to the cracking noise," explains Carl Christopher Büttner from the German Association for Physiotherapy based in Cologne.

If the cracking noise in the neck is accompanied by more or less drastic discomfort and paresthesia, this can, for example, indicate a herniated disc. An orthopedic surgeon or neurologist can determine whether this is the case. Imaging methods such as magnetic resonance or computed tomography help.

Movement in everyday life

If there is a crack in the neck and you have no additional symptoms, you should ensure more movement in everyday life - especially in the shoulder and neck area. “It is important to do it while you work,” says orthopedist Nazemi.

For example, if you sit in front of the screen eight hours a day in your job, you should keep doing exercises to loosen up the shoulder and neck area, for example standing upright in between, placing your left hand over your head on the right side of your head, your head lightly to the left while pulling your right arm down. Hold this position briefly, then switch sides. Repeat the process three times.

Frequently change sitting position in front of the PC

"Active sitting" is also important, says Büttner. You shouldn't sit in a certain posture for hours, for example with your neck forward and your back hunched at the computer. Instead, it is better to change your sitting position several times within an hour. So sit closer to the front of the chair, sometimes further back.

It is also recommended that you do a good stretching and stretching at least once an hour. "This can also help prevent tension enormously," says physiotherapist Büttner.

Anyone who has a height-adjustable desk should take advantage of this and work alternately standing or sitting.

Stretch the neck and loosen the throat muscles

Specialist Nazemi also has a good neck stretching exercise ready: sit upright on the chair with your feet on the floor about shoulder width apart. Then grasp the back of your head with both hands and look down. Lower your shoulders towards the floor, pull your chin in towards your chest and gently push the back of your head back against your hands. Now bend your head forward while gently pulling your hands in the longitudinal direction of the cervical spine.

"Feel the stretch in the upper area of ​​the neck," says Nazemi. And: don't forget to inhale and exhale evenly.

If you want to strengthen your neck muscles, you can hold your upper arms upright next to your ears. Now grasp your elbows with your hands and form a frame around your head with your arms.

The "gooseneck" exercise is ideal for loosening up the neck muscles. To do this, sit on the front part of the chair surface, straighten your upper body and hold the seat surface with your hands. The feet are shoulder-width apart on the floor. Now slowly lower your shoulders down and slowly stretch your head and neck up towards the ceiling. Büttner advises repeating the exercise a few times.

Shoulder circles against tension

Rotating your shoulders can also prevent tension, explains Nazemi. To do this, stand up straight, let your arms hang down loosely and circle your shoulders forward. Repeat this exercise 20 times. Then let your shoulders circle back just as often.

In the next step, lift your shoulders towards your ears. Remain in this position for about five seconds and then lower it again. Repeat this exercise five times.

Physiotherapist Büttner emphasizes: “There are many exercises in between to loosen up the shoulder and neck area. But they are not a substitute for regular exercise. "