Time to shed some light on this common question I get asked as a chiropractor all the time.
What is causing the popping?
Itâ€™s usually from the formation and release of gas that builds up in the joint space.Â As you take a joint towards the end of its range of motion a vacuum forms causing the release, which subsequently makes a popping noise.
Will it cause arthritis?
No. Â There is no evidence to show that popping your joints will lead to arthritis.
When is popping your back, neck, or other joints bad?
- When you force it. Â You certainly donâ€™t want to force a joint into a position, especially the neck. Â The neck has a lot of important structures you donâ€™t want to fool with. Every other joint is surrounded my ligaments and other tissue that can become irritated with excessive popping.Â Just me mindful.
- When itâ€™s habitual. Â When you feel like you need to keep doing something to provide relief thereâ€™s probably another underlying issue.
If popping your own back really helped anything you wouldnâ€™t need to keep doing it. Â
Whatâ€™s the difference between popping my own back and having a chiropractor do it?
When you pop your own back youâ€™re going for low hanging fruit. Youâ€™re moving joints that youâ€™re already really good at moving. When you get adjusted by a chiropractor itâ€™s typically a novel stimulus to your brain, which has numerous neurologic and pain reductive benefits. Â A good chiropractor will also follow up an adjustment with some active movements that help what you felt during the adjustment last.