An Alternative Solution to Joint Pain
Do you or someone you know crack their joints? For instance, pulling your neck from side to side to get a long set of pops down your spine. Whether it’s because it feels good or because it’s an old habit, for the sake of your joints you should stop immediately and here’s why.
A lot of our clients report that cracking their knuckles, low back, or neck feels good because they feel looser and have less tension as well as an increase in range of motion. While these are great results, when you crack your joints, you’re not actually relieving any structural tension. The audible ‘pop!’ you hear is a result of air bubbles collapsing in the synovial fluid around your joints. While that might seem harmless, cracking your joints only leads to a temporary fix to that tension. Ideally, your musculature would be loose and functioning well on its own and not require any kind of forceful crack to make you feel better.
So what’s the solution then?
The answer is mobility work. Every time you go to crack a joint, that’s your body saying ‘hey, we have tension here!” Therefore a big part of our Solid education is teaching clients more effective ways to achieve a loosened, relaxed feeling through a multitude of mobilization techniques.
Interested in learning more about alternatives to cracking your joints? Please let Solid know!