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@wgatap21, @colleenyoung, This is a post-surgery image of my titanium inserts. Evidently, sometimes the cracking is because one of the fusions did not fuse well enough. My surgeon warned me to wear the full brace for 3 months in order to ensure that the fusion was complete. I only threw the darn thing across the room once….when its annoyance overcame my caution.

Another thought is that the ligaments in the neck can pop or snap across the metal when the head is turned. To prevent that, I had my yoga guru design neck stretches for me. As long as I make them part of my daily practice, I don't hear the popping so much. And when I do hear it and feel it….not pain, just weird movement and sounds, I take a few moments to stretch the muscles and get things aligned again.

Do you make sure that your body is in alignment every day? What do you use to make sure?

May you be content and at ease. Chris

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may I ask how old you are Chris? thx

@colleenyoung @artscaping @wgatap21 My physical therapist told me that often cracking comes from the facet joints in the spine. These joints slide to allow you to turn your head. If you have extra pressure on them due to muscle spasms or bad discs that are loosing height, it causes arthritis wear and tear in the facet joints, and it can be a little painful when they crack as they slide past each other. Myofacial release helps this because it helps to keep the balance between the 2 sides of the neck.