Snap! Crackle! Pop! Ahh… all the wonderful noises our joints make!
Ever wonder what is that popping noise you hear when the spine is aligned by a chiropractic adjustment?
The noise is a function of joint cavitation or in other words loosening up of a joint. The adjustment takes two spinal segments and creates some distance between them. This increased distance allows gas trapped within the joints to escape, which causes the popping sound. Following the adjustment the joint has more space to move and less structures are crowded. This is why after an adjustment you can feel like pressure was taken off your spine.
Now you know why those popping noises feel so good.