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  • Writer's pictureDr. Thomas A. Harmody

What is the pop I hear when getting adjusted?

Vero Beach Chiropractor-When you get adjusted, an audible pop or crack can be heard. The noise you hear is actually cavitation of the joint. When a joint is adjusted, fluid within the joint is moved from one side of the joint to the other so fast that nitrogen bubbles come out of solution. This gas escaping causes an audible pop or crack. We are not smashing the joint together or breaking the joint up. We are releasing nitrogen and that makes the pop. When motion is restored to the joint, the irritation of the joint decreases and allows a more normal use of the joint. So, the next time you get adjusted and hear the pop you know it’s not destructive to the joint. It’s good for it! Dr. Thomas Harmody is a chiropractor at Vero Walk-In Chiropractic

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