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What Are Those Popping Sounds?

Have you ever had the experience of hearing or feeling joints popping during your yoga practice? Several of my students have experienced that sensation and wondered … what’s causing it?

Synovial joints are typically the ones making that sound. These joints are freely moveable and have a joint capsule enclosing them. Some examples of synovial joints include shoulder and hip joints, elbow joints, knee joints and vertebrae. The inner surface of the joint capsule is lined with a synovial membrane which secretes synovial fluid. This fluid acts as a lubricant and decreases friction during joint movement.

When you make a movement that stretches the joint capsule, synovial fluid rushes in to lubricate the joint. As this happens, gases are rapidly released and form bubbles. These bubbles pop as the fluid rushes into the joint, causing the sound.

Of course, if you feel pain when your joints pop, stop doing the posture right away. And, you might want to consult with your health care professional if the pain persists.

Joanne Thompson

Joanne Thompson

Founder/Owner at Yoga for Self

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