What is That Cracking or Popping Sound from Chiropractic Adjustments?


The clicking and the popping sound from a chiropractic adjustment is the release of air pressure in the joints.

If you were to look into the spine, you would find that we all have 25 movable spinal segments.

This is considered a segment.

We have the disc,

and the facet joint.

From a 9 to 5, deskbound environment, we are inflexible. As we work seated at our desks for long periods of time, we build up the pressure in our spine.
This is what the disks look like when under pressure. The front of the disk as it is compressed down and the back of the disk builds up the pressure.

What a chiropractor does is, we locate whereabouts is the joint tension in the facet joint, and we open it back up.

Consider the disc; it is still compressed. So we need to rely on the decompression table to bring it back up so that we will not just cavitate, and come back, cavitate and come back again. We can address the joint in unity, front, and the back.

That explains what the clicking and popping sound from a chiropractic adjustment is.

Is self-cracking or self-popping beneficial to the body?

Another question that we should address before this is: what joint are we cracking? If we adjust ourselves, what joint are we moving?

As a chiropractor myself, we have to feel whereabouts is the joint that is not moving correctly. That will be the one that is “hypomobile”. That means that the joint is not moving, not flexible. The one that we use to “self-crack” will be the joints that are already too flexible, or “hypermobile”.

When we look into a segment, if that joint is not moving correctly, the segments above and below will have a higher chance of being moved too much. The joint that is not moving properly will remain stiff and achy if it is building up inflammation, tension, and pressure at the back of the facet joint.

Coming back to the question, is self-cracking beneficial? Sometimes yes, if you were to be able to move the one that is not moving. However, most of the time, we might risk moving the one that is already too flexible, hence instability.

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