I often get asked from people about how to stop their annoying back cracking. Some people experience random back cracking/popping throughout the day, whereas others have the urge to crack their own back multiple times a day. Which is actually a quite common issue. Lots of people experience back cracking or popping randomly throughout the day. In most causes this is harmless, but it can be annoying. Although, cracking or popping your back can be relieving, you do not want your back cracking multiple times throughout the day. The back cracking noise is due to cavitations of the spine. Cavitations are the same sound you hear when cracking your knuckles. Typically, the cause of random back cracking is due to underlying muscle tension. I discuss in detail the main causes of why your back cracks here.
To fix this issue you need to address the underlying cause of your muscle tension. There are multiple products on the market that can help target this issue, and fix back cracking. I have found products that have helped me with this same issue. This article is going to be discussing the best products that can fix and stop your annoying back cracking.
How To Fix Annoying Back Cracking
To fix back cracking you need to first figure out the cause. Random back cracking can be due to muscular tension, arthritis, and even from a snapping tendon/ligament. However, self back cracking can be due to an addicting urge to crack your own back or the relief you get from doing so. Although, the most common cause is due to muscular tension. The muscular tension causes a build up of restrictions within the spine causing the urge to crack your back. The best ways to address underlying muscle tension is stretching, exercises, and using recovery tools such as foam rollers, inversion tables, massage guns, etc.
Best Products To Stop Annoying Back Cracking
Most foam rollers are fairly inexpensive and don’t take up much space. At first it may feel a little weird or awkward, but it works well at relaxing muscles and mobilizing the spine. You may even hear a small crack or pop when using the foam roller on your back. This is normal and is not a cause for concern. I recommend starting by using a foam roller daily, and just roll it up/down your spine for a couple minutes. You can even do this multiple times a day for quicker results. After awhile you will notice that your back is cracking less and less, and you are getting less of an urge to crack your own back. This is the number one tool that can help stop your annoying back cracking.
The yoga wheel is an amazing tool to mobilize the spine and release muscular tension. This wheel will help extend the spine and expand the ribcage, which is important for a healthy spine. So you can see why this product would be crucial in stopping your back from cracking. I recommend using the yoga wheel daily along with stretches for your back. These combined will help release muscular tension and fix your annoying back cracking.
To get the most results with an inversion table I recommend using it every single day. The only way to get lasting results from decompression is to consistently do it. After using an inversion table you will feel amazing, and maybe even grow an inch! Just kidding, but truly this product is a great way to relieve spinal tension and expand the ribcage.
When lying down on a spine stretcher, gravity allows the the top part of your body to gently relax on top of the spine stretcher. This will relax muscular tension and decompress the spine. You will be surprised how well this feels! I recommend using one of these daily or setting up your office chair with one. They are adjustable, so you can change the amount of curve you want. The spine stretcher can help fix back cracking due to the spine decompression and ribcage expansion.
I recommend everyone should own a massage gun. You can use it all over your body not just your back. Most people use it on their legs, calves, arms, and feet. It is great for recovery tool to use after a long day or a hard workout. The only issue is it is hard to reach the middle of your back without someone else doing it. You are able to hit the upper back and lower back, but it definitely is hard to cover the entire back.
The peanut massager is perfect to reduce muscular tension directly along the spine. Between both lacrosse balls is a perfect groove that your spine fits in. I recommend getting a peanut massager to run up/down the spinal column. Most of the time this is the area of most tension, and a peanut massager runs perfectly along the spine. This is great to use on muscle knots and adhesions as well, because it is a small contact area that can provide direct pressure. That direct pressure is great on the spine to help mobilize tough segments. A peanut massager can mobilize and release muscular tension that may be contributing to your back cracking.
These products will definitely help fix your annoying back cracking, but you need to stay consistent. I recommend using these products daily or multiple times per day. That is the best way to see results, and you should pair these products with exercises and stretches for your back. It will take time, but you will see a difference in the muscular tension and noticeable cracking. If you are constantly feeling the urge to crack your own back, then these are the perfect products to use when you need that relief. Eventually, these products will help eliminate that urge. Remember stay consistent and be patient. You will be on your way to eliminating annoying back cracking in no time.