What causes the sound of an adjustment?
Actually, not all adjusting techniques produce the sound associated with “popping knuckles”. Some create no sound at all, some a little. Many techniques, however, do create the sound that spinal “release.” What causes it? The sound is caused by gas rushing in to fill the partial vacuum created when the joints were slightly separated.
Is it bad to “crack” your neck or back a lot?
The desire to pop the neck or back is caused by tension from a jammed or fixated vertebra, which causes another part of the spine to compensate by moving too much and “popping” a lot. The jammed part should be adjusted by a chiropractor so that the rest of the spinal column will balance and stop being so movable and noisy.
I’m not ‘adjusting’ myself then?
Cracking or popping your neck gives relief for a while, but soon the urge to pop or crack reappears because the cause of the spinal tension hasn’t been corrected.
symptoms are not a good way to judge health. They sometimes surface after years of body malfunction. It’s a good idea to get your spice checked periodically.