One of the most common statements I hear when someone comes to see me is, my back has gone out, can you pop/crack it back in. This statement leads to my usual response, if your back has gone out, then where did it go? It is a common misnomer that people have that their backs can “go out”. Unless you have a significant injury with a traumatic joint separation and dislocation, it is unlikely that you back is “out”. What actually occurs is that a joint complex has lost its normal motion and is fixed or stuck, which can then cause pain, irritation to nerves etc. Chiropractors, call this joint dysfunction a Subluxation. Rather than 'popping' or 'cracking' it back we chiropractors perform an adjustment, with the intention of restoring normal motion back to the joint. Various techniques that chiropractors use do create a popping or cracking sound. So what is this popping sound that you hear during a chiropractic adjustment? One thing I can say is that is not “bones cracking”.
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