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What Is That Cracking Sound?

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Under our FAQ for our back cracking page, we briefly touched on that popping or cracking sound that isn’t very pleasant to our ears. First off, it is important for you to understand that the popping sound you are hearing when getting adjusted is a very normal occurrence. Nearly every patient who has an adjustment with our chiropractors will hear this popping sound.

The popping sound that you hear is a release of gas that gets trapped in between your joints and/or bones. The gases are either carbon dioxide, nitrogen or oxygen, all of which are healthy gases that your body produces naturally. Because of this, don’t be concerned about these popping noises that movement in your joints and bones creates, it’s completely normal and healthy!

How are these gases created?

Your joints and bones are surrounded by a lubricant that is called synovial fluid. This fluid contains healthy gases like nitrogen, carbon dioxide and oxygen. When you stretch or get adjusted during your chiropractic visit and you hear that popping sound, gases around these joints are being released at a rapid rate. These bubbles of gases are what cause the popping sound that you hear, and to hear it again, you’ll have to wait until nitrogen, carbon dioxide and oxygen return to the synovial fluid that lubricates your joints and bones.

For more information, feel free to schedule your free consultation with myself, Dr. Morreale or Dr. Didomenico, and receive a free 15 minute massage!

 
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