“Pop! Pop! Pop!” Ever heard that sound during a chiropractic adjustment? What is that sound? It is very common and most people aren’t exactly sure what creates that popping sound. Some people think it is bones cracking; which gives them the impression that a chiropractic adjustment is scary! You might be surprised to find out what those sounds actually are. And no, it isn’t anything cracking.

So what are the sounds and why do they happen during a chiropractic adjustment? The popping sounds are created by the release of gas. It is comparable to opening a bottle of champagne. The release of gas (the pop sound) is referred to as a cavitation.

When does cavitation happen? During a chiropractic adjustment, the joints of the spine produce a fluid that lubricates and nourishes the joint to promote movement. Cavitation is what happens after the joint is opened up which is why you hear that popping sound.

The image below shows a great illustration of what cavitation actually looks like in your body. As you can see, the bubble like circles represent cavitation and the green represents the synovial fluid to nourish the joints.

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All in all, the release of gas is all part of the process. It is nothing to be alarmed about and is actually very common to hear it during an adjustment. If you have any other questions about the process, feel free to ask your doctor. Chances are, they will have the right explanation for your concerns; and you will be more informed and better understand what happens during your treatment. Now if someones asks you what that popping sound is during a chiropractic adjustment, you can confidently explain cavitation to them. If you are in the Lake Oswego area, feel free to schedule a consultation to see how you can benefit from a chiropractic adjustment.