We like to stretch in the morning, but when we hear our back and hips crack, we wish we should have stayed longer in bed. When your back and joints crack, it doesn’t mean you’re growing old or you’re nearing senility. But you may take that as a sign that you’re losing your posture.

What’s in joint crack?

There are   a number of theories about why backs and joints crack. Many times experts don’t come to agreement on these theories, but they all point out that it must be caused by gas bubbles that are released in your cartilage when your joints move. There are big and small bubbles and when you stretch your joints the small bubbles suck the big bubbles. This process is repeated for about 20 minutes. Knowing that your vertebrae are riddled with joints and cartilages, they could crack any time you stretch.

Back Crack Why Does My Back Crack

At times it doesn’t sound like a crack at all—it could be a popping sound, grinding sound, or snapping sound. Knuckles, ankles, necks, knees, and backs are prone to cracking.

The other scientific reasons why joints crack are:

  • Rubbing of rough edges. People with arthritis have cracking backs and joints because their smooth cartilage rubs against a rough joint surface.
  • Shifting of joints and ligaments. As you age your tendons tend to loosen and thus get slightly out of place. This result in a cracking sound because your tendon is hard pressed to return to its original position. When you move, your ligaments tighten around your joints. Most times this happens around the knee and ankle.

How to avoid the cracking sound

It’s not always easy to stretch out and get rid of that crack.  But you can at least ease the pain. One easy way of relieving yourself is by moving your spine while stretching your lower back, calf, abs, and upper back. You can do this for a few minutes after waking up in the morning.  Another way to ease the pain is, when you sleep don’t use a pillow– simply lie straight on your back. Or, you may simply keep your good posture by choosing where and how to sit, walk, and sleep.

Moreover, an early morning walk or brisk walk helps in improving your over all body posture. You can walk on rugged and flat surfaces, then go downhill and uphill to maximize the use of your upper and lower extremity muscles.  If this proves too easy, you can use a skipping rope or jog all the way.   A diet rich in calcium, Vitamin C and iron is said to replenish damaged tendon and cartilage. You’d do well to have a daily intake of green vegetables, citrus fruits, and sea foods.

If it’s really serious, then go ahead and a see a trusted chiropractor. Your chiropractor can guide you in improving your posture as well as locating the points where joints and ligaments are out of place.

Whether you admit it or not, though, there’s this good feeling that comes after hearing our back crack without breaking.

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