Snap, Crackle, Pop – Why Do My Bones Make These Sounds?
I wonder if my body has always made the crackles and pops it seems to make these days. Is the symphony of bodily noises, flatulence included, a part of the symphony of growing old? You might have wondered the same thing so lets find out if we're doing something wrong or if that's just the way nature intended things to go.
What is that popping noise? It really depends upon the joint and where the noise is coming from. If you hear a snap in your hips, chances are that is a tendon snapping back into place. The crackles that you hear in your shoulders might be a little worn cartilage that has been made rough over time. The pop that you might hear coming from your back has to do with the fluid that is around the joints in the spine. When the bones settle back into position the resulting change in pressure might be the catalyst for that pop.
Let me be very clear here, I am not a doctor, a nurse or even a very good patient so if you're experiencing these symptoms and there is pain involved you need to speak to a medical professional.
Is there anything I can do to stop my creaking and popping of my joints? Not really, it doesn't matter whether you are young or old you're body is going to make some of those noises. Obviously with use and time some of the parts do get a little worn so they might mean an increase in volume and frequency. The best way to help your joints is to help your body by eating right and exercising. Another thing to consider is your posture. Many of us now spend hours at a time staring at a computer screen. It's a good idea to make sure that you're ergonomically situated for your work station too.
I personally find a visit to a chiropractor or massage therapist to be a great benefit to how I feel and the reduction in the boom boom pow of walking across the room. Both of these trained professionals can help your body reset itself into a normal and comfortable posture. Think about all those moving parts, they are bound to get out of alignment so a good adjustment or rub down is certainly going to make things feel better.