Chiropractic Adjustment: Understanding That Popping Sound during the Procedure

When you are in pain, every day can be a struggle. Some people experience chronic pain as a part of their daily lives that is so debilitating they are unable to accomplish their daily tasks. But what about those headaches, backaches, shoulder and neck pains that don’t deter your daily activities, they just make them less enjoyable – makes you less active? When thinking of the chiropractor, your mind might jump to getting your back cracked…and then – what is that popping sound? Is it healthy?

What is a Chiropractic Adjustment?

 chiropractic adjustment is a measure of how the chiropractor applies manipulation right to the vertebrae that hold unusual movement patterns. This procedure allows the reduction of subluxation – the result of the spinal bones that hold improper positions and motion which then affects the nerve communications found in your brain.

But what about that “popping” and “cracking” sound?

Many patients experience hearing that “popping” sound during a chiropractic adjustment. It may sound and feel alarming to you, especially considering the procedure involves your spine, but there is nothing to worry about.

During the procedure, particularly with the back adjustment, your back undergoes gentle, yet rapid, stretching of the spinal joint. That is where these “popping” sounds are found. They are caused by the tiny pockets of air taking in the form of fluid which surrounds your joints, being released, which is also referred to as Joint Cavitation. All in all, the release of the gas found in tiny pockets is not something to be worried about.It is a regular part of the process. And if you still have questions, it is best to consult your chiropractor about your concerns.

Do Not Pop Your Own Back

Although you have heard “popping” sounds when your chiropractor adjusts your back, still, it is not recommended to do the procedure all by yourself. Huge problems may arise here as you have no thorough knowledge or understanding of the technique in which only a qualified chiropractor works with.