22 Jan What Happens When a Chiropractor Cracks Your Back?
Crack, Snap, Pop!
When a chiropractor detects a stuck joint, they will correct it with a chiropractic adjustment.
There are many techniques that include a quick, painless thrust of the neck and other body parts. The loud crack or pop heard during an adjustment may sound unnerving, but understanding what’s physically happening can help ease your mind and make the process go much smoother.
That alarming pop or crack you hear during a chiropractic adjustment is completely normal, and can provide relief! During a back adjustment, your back undergoes quick, gentle stretching of the neck and spinal joints, causing the cracking or popping sound (called cavitation). This is not ‘bones cracking,’ but instead is the sudden release of gasses (oxygen, nitrogen, and CO2) caused by small pockets of air or bubbles of fluid that surround your joints in order to lubricate them for proper movement. When joint tissues are stretched during a chiro crack, the pockets of air pop, which creates that cracking sound, and can actually create a pleasant and relaxing effect.
Cause and Effect
Stuck joints (called subluxations) cause a number of severe consequences to your body. The first and most obvious is a lack of motion: stiffness, feeling locked up, or the inability to turn your head or stand up straight. Some other major problems are pain, inflammation, and loss of function. There is also the neurological component to consider. Stuck joints can often irritate the nerve tissue and lead to a disruption in the normal function of the skeletal system, leaving the body out of sync.
After the treatment, you may feel more movement in your back. However, the muscles may still be sore and tight. Your chiropractor may also incorporate other chiropractic care treatments such as muscle therapy. You should notice more back pain relief with each session.