Is It Bad If My Body Pops And Cracks During The Adjustment?

Dr Hallin

IS IT BAD IF MY BODY POPS AND CRACKS DURING THE ADJUSTMENT?

The “popping” sound that happens during an adjustment is from a natural process called cavitation.  Here is a science lesson: with an increase in volume comes a decrease in pressure.  During an adjustment, the connective tissue capsule around a joint is stretched, increasing its volume.  So as the pressure of the synovial fluid drops, gases dissolved in the fluid become less soluble, forming bubbles through a process called cavitation.  When the joint is stretched far enough, the pressure in the capsule drops so low that these bubbles burst, producing the “popping” sound.

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