“What’s that cracking noise?”
So often when I talk to people about chiropractic adjustments, their only apprehension about receiving a chiropractic adjustment, is they don’t like the “cracking” sound. They ask things like, “are my bones cracking together?” or “I feel like you’re going to break my neck!.” or even, “why do my bones crack like that?”. When I do an exam on a new patient in my office, I always try to be proactive about this subject, and dispel any myths a person may have right off the bat. The sound that is usually heard, but not always, is actually nitrogen gas escaping from the joint/s. Just like if you’re a knuckle cracker, when a quick forceful movement is placed on the spine (a chiropractic adjustment), it creates negative pressure inside the joint, thus, the cracking noise. So to answer all those questions above. . . no, your bones aren’t rubbing together or cracking against each other, nor are they breaking. Some of my patients have become so used to hearing that popping sound, that they equate it with a “good” adjustment, “oh that was a good one, did you hear that?!”. However, the reality is, is that the sound the back makes is simply not an indicator of whether you’ve received an adjustment. So if you’re “adjusting” your back at home, and you hear that “cracking” noise, it doesn’t mean your back has been accurately adjusted. Only a chiropractor can feel if the bones have moved, and a chiropractic adjustment has been achieved. I hope this bit of information has helped you feel more comfortable about chiropractic, as well as answered the question, “what’s that cracking noise?”. Should you have other questions about Chiropractic, I’d encourage you to make an appointment for a consultation. Hope to see you soon!