What is the pop?

Picture of a man receving Spinal joint manipulation

A question we are asked a lot!

Joint manipulation in the spine is a focussed, fast and small movement of the joint.

This techniques creates a pressure change within the joint that allows suddenly released gases to produce the typical pop sound.

It’s a bit like opening a can of coke, which reduces the pressure in the can and makes bubbles form.

So the pop is a naturally occurring noise made when a joint is stretched.

Nearly every joint can make this noise.

But it’s not the noise we are after. It’s the improvement in the movement of the restricted joint that matters.