The other day I was sitting for awhile and stretched my back over the chair. As I arched over the back of the chair and pulled my head forward, I felt a comfortable popping of my spine. Yes, I’m one of those people that crack my joints. A relative taught me how to crack my knuckles and toes when I was around 9 or 10. My mom was so angry at her. She would tell me that my knuckles would swell when I get old and they would become very painful. But I continued. Over time, I even found new ways of cracking my knuckles. In my teens, I discovered that I could crack my spine. I found ways of cracking my knees, ankles, jaw and neck.
I eventually stopped cracking my neck. I still crack my knuckles especially when I’m waiting at a stop light. I’ve reduced cracking my spine. But lately I’ve started cracking my back again. Last year when I had a lot of back problems, I went to a chiropractor for several sessions. For some reason, whenever he adjusted my back it never popped. I did tell him I cracked my back a lot. He mentioned that just because I can make my spine pop doesn’t mean I’m doing it the right way. I could be over extending ligaments, tendons and joints.
It’s a crazy habit. I’ve gradually replaced the cracking with gentle stretching of the joint. But it doesn’t feel as satisfying.
But I don’t think I’ll try this though.