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Snap, Crackle, Pop! What Are Subluxations?

Updated: Sep 22, 2020

What is the "cracking" sound you hear when you get adjusted?

What Are Subluxations?

Snap, Crackle, Pop. Those are a few common words I hear practice members describe what we chiros like to call the “audible”. What is the sound you hear when you get adjusted, anyways? First, it’s important to know what we are adjusting.

Chiropractors adjust subluxations—which is a spinal joint that has lost its full range of motion. When a joint has lost its ability to move properly, it can interfere with the nerve root and function of the spinal nerve. Our spinal nerves control and coordinate EVERY SINGLE process in our body! From hormone production and digestion to sleep and the immune system. When our joints are moving properly our nerves are able to communicate with our body optimally and freely.

The joints of our spine are called synovial joints. This means that the joint produces synovial fluid to help lubricate the joint. Synovial fluid is filled with tiny bubbles of oxygen, carbon dioxide and nitrogen. When the synovial joint is stretched (ie: when adjusted) the oxygen, carbon dioxide and nitrogen bubbles are released from the synovial fluid. And that’s exactly what you hear! It’s that gas being released from the joint capsule to allow more movement of the joint itself.

So, yes, it may sound like a “crack”! But I can promise you that it is not your bones cracking. That sound you hear is totally normal and 100% healthy for your spine. For any questions contact Dr. Deb at Rooted Life Chiropractic today!

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