Pulling the spine to "pop" or "crack" it



  • I am new… So hola!

    My favorite way to pop or crack is to do so with my back....

    I get on my hands and knees and arch my back (navel down, head up, get the idea? Not sure if it's clear?) get my fiance to grip my spine with his fingers/thumb, then (starting from the base of my spine) he pulls upward in the middle of my spine and works his way up.

    He is quite literally PULLING my spine up and thus causing a massive POP in my spine. I can also do this (though not as well) myself by standing straight, arching my back (the same way, belly-button out, back arched) and pulling my spine out. Is this tough to describe or what? LOL! This is the 1st time I've ever told anyone about this other than him, who I had to teach to begin with!

    I thought fellow crackers would understand and MAYBE I could find someone else who also does this or something similar?



  • can you crack your neck boop?



  • OK, just wait a minute. WHAT?!?! reads that post again

    let me get this straight, you lie on the ground like…belly to the ground or back to the ground? Because, belly to the ground sounds kind of awkward -- I'm trying to think of how your describing it -- if your belly on the ground and then push yourself up with your arms, then you would look like a...uh...banana on the floor sort of thing (that was the closest thing I could think of to the angle of the arch in your back) and then your fiance goes along your spine and...like pushes into your spine or like...pulls up on your spine? If he pulls up on your spine then I'm really confused -- I'm trying to figure out how that would work -- first thing that comes to mind is pulling from the neck (which I know is not what you said but I'm trying to think dynamic here).

    That's kinda cool, I've never seen or heard of it being done like that. Normally, my back cracking happens while laying flat and then I have my hubby do it either the straight down crack or the down and up crack which is sort of like a massage crack -- like pushing down on my spine with his fingers while going up and into my spine in one movement rather than each vertebra at a time type of thing.



  • Hmm, let's see if I can explain it better. It sounds weird though, right? haha!

    Okay:

    Get on all fours, on your hands and knees like a dog or some such thing.

    Arch your back, not up, but down, and look up at the ceiling as best you can. So I guess that could sound like a banana on all fours? LOL! Arching helps the other person to get a better grip on the skin over your spine.

    Then get your partner to start from the base of your spine and working up (I usually have him stop just below my shoulder blades), pinching the skin firmly over your spine with two hands and pull up, no pushing down. Think of it as the exact opposite to how people usually have someone crack their back (which is usually pushing down).

    So in theory, when your back is all compressed from the stresses of the day (walking, sitting, exercising, so on), I feel the by doing this you are literally pulling compressed discs out and into their original alignment.

    I mentioned this to a chiropractor once who said it certainly isn't hurting anything, so no harm no foul.

    I usually get a dozen pops or so. The ones near the base are usually just small pops but as you work up, they get LOUDER! Sometimes, if you get a good grip, you can pull two or three vertebrae at once! And yes, you can literally feel individual verts. shifting and popping, so can your partner! It's very, very satisfying!

    I recommend it to anyone who can tolerate someone else pulling their back like that. My partner doesn't like it because the pinching/gripping of the skin itself hurts, not the popping. I personally love it and could literally be lifted off of the floor by my skin alone without feeling pain! There is a type of massage I enjoy with the back pulling, it has a real name (Tai Ne? Something weird like that) that involves pinching, pulling, and rolling the skin. It feels WONDERFUL on my back, I can feel my blood circulating and the skin gets hot. Very nice after a tough day.

    Aside from my back, I pop the usual: all toes (including the tarsals or whichever of the foot), knees, hips, neck, all of the joint in my fingers (even that teeny joint in my thumbs), my wrists, and jaw. I am also "double jointed" or whatever in all of these places and more.

    Also: there is a way to pull your back by yourself if you care to know.

    SO!

    Does anyone else do this? LOL. I am going to guess: No. But maybe you'll give it a try?



  • do you ever get the click on the top of your neck?



  • @Boop:

    Hmm, let's see if I can explain it better. It sounds weird though, right? haha!

    Okay:

    Get on all fours, on your hands and knees like a dog or some such thing.

    Arch your back, not up, but down, and look up at the ceiling as best you can. So I guess that could sound like a banana on all fours? LOL! Arching helps the other person to get a better grip on the skin over your spine.

    Then get your partner to start from the base of your spine and working up (I usually have him stop just below my shoulder blades), pinching the skin firmly over your spine with two hands and pull up, no pushing down. Think of it as the exact opposite to how people usually have someone crack their back (which is usually pushing down).

    So in theory, when your back is all compressed from the stresses of the day (walking, sitting, exercising, so on), I feel the by doing this you are literally pulling compressed discs out and into their original alignment.

    I mentioned this to a chiropractor once who said it certainly isn't hurting anything, so no harm no foul.

    I usually get a dozen pops or so. The ones near the base are usually just small pops but as you work up, they get LOUDER! Sometimes, if you get a good grip, you can pull two or three vertebrae at once! And yes, you can literally feel individual verts. shifting and popping, so can your partner! It's very, very satisfying!

    I recommend it to anyone who can tolerate someone else pulling their back like that. My partner doesn't like it because the pinching/gripping of the skin itself hurts, not the popping. I personally love it and could literally be lifted off of the floor by my skin alone without feeling pain! There is a type of massage I enjoy with the back pulling, it has a real name (Tai Ne? Something weird like that) that involves pinching, pulling, and rolling the skin. It feels WONDERFUL on my back, I can feel my blood circulating and the skin gets hot. Very nice after a tough day.

    Aside from my back, I pop the usual: all toes (including the tarsals or whichever of the foot), knees, hips, neck, all of the joint in my fingers (even that teeny joint in my thumbs), my wrists, and jaw. I am also "double jointed" or whatever in all of these places and more.

    Also: there is a way to pull your back by yourself if you care to know.

    SO!

    Does anyone else do this? LOL. I am going to guess: No. But maybe you'll give it a try?

    WOW! Yeah, I have never heard of it done this way…but I really want to try. Gotta convince the hubby to try it, lol. I am definitely interested in how you do this yourself!



  • tina help me overcome my past :(



  • sorry DJ, I'm afraid I cannot help you. As a student of the profession, it would be unethical and based on previous research, it seems as though you are receiving the professional help you need and have plenty of outside people offering advice, so I don't think I – someone who is only knowledgeable on the matter with no field experience -- can really help you.



  • @tinnamariee:

    sorry DJ, I'm afraid I cannot help you. As a student of the profession, it would be unethical and based on previous research, it seems as though you are receiving the professional help you need and have plenty of outside people offering advice, so I don't think I – someone who is only knowledgeable on the matter with no field experience -- can really help you.

    oh thats a shame. :oops:



  • i cant even imagine how mine would ever click if someone pinched my spine and pulled it up…...i think everyone is differant in what triggers a click



  • @Mhillqt:

    i cant even imagine how mine would ever click if someone pinched my spine and pulled it up…...i think everyone is differant in what triggers a click

    well perhaps i have weak bones there naturally?
    the problem is i will never know



  • Somebody pinch me!



  • @Boop:

    Hmm, let's see if I can explain it better. It sounds weird though, right? haha!

    Okay:

    Get on all fours, on your hands and knees like a dog or some such thing.

    Arch your back, not up, but down, and look up at the ceiling as best you can. So I guess that could sound like a banana on all fours? LOL! Arching helps the other person to get a better grip on the skin over your spine.

    Then get your partner to start from the base of your spine and working up (I usually have him stop just below my shoulder blades), pinching the skin firmly over your spine with two hands and pull up, no pushing down. Think of it as the exact opposite to how people usually have someone crack their back (which is usually pushing down).

    So in theory, when your back is all compressed from the stresses of the day (walking, sitting, exercising, so on), I feel the by doing this you are literally pulling compressed discs out and into their original alignment.

    I mentioned this to a chiropractor once who said it certainly isn't hurting anything, so no harm no foul.

    I usually get a dozen pops or so. The ones near the base are usually just small pops but as you work up, they get LOUDER! Sometimes, if you get a good grip, you can pull two or three vertebrae at once! And yes, you can literally feel individual verts. shifting and popping, so can your partner! It's very, very satisfying!

    I recommend it to anyone who can tolerate someone else pulling their back like that. My partner doesn't like it because the pinching/gripping of the skin itself hurts, not the popping. I personally love it and could literally be lifted off of the floor by my skin alone without feeling pain! There is a type of massage I enjoy with the back pulling, it has a real name (Tai Ne? Something weird like that) that involves pinching, pulling, and rolling the skin. It feels WONDERFUL on my back, I can feel my blood circulating and the skin gets hot. Very nice after a tough day.

    Aside from my back, I pop the usual: all toes (including the tarsals or whichever of the foot), knees, hips, neck, all of the joint in my fingers (even that teeny joint in my thumbs), my wrists, and jaw. I am also "double jointed" or whatever in all of these places and more.

    Also: there is a way to pull your back by yourself if you care to know.

    SO!

    Does anyone else do this? LOL. I am going to guess: No. But maybe you'll give it a try?

    Boop,

    I formerly did something similar all by myself. In my case, I would lie on my back and, with hands behind the head, pull the head forward and down in a sudden motion. Many cracks would result, cascading quickly. It was spinal, and mostly upper spine. I could only do it once per hour or so – as though the cracking possibility built up over time.

    I thought this maneuver was helping spinal mobility. Maybe it was. But it morphed over time. It became a major cracking thing, a habit and a need, which is still with me. It is neck-oriented these days. I am almost certain though that I am getting through something, and correcting a life-long structural problem, by these millions of cracks -- and finally now, stretching. I am stretching some stuck areas so that they can move again.

    I am not sure if you will find this account useful. I wish you the best.



  • finally! Someone else who does this!! I do the exact same thing and have been doing it for about a year and a half…pretty much every day, and when I can't convince my fiance to 'rip my back' I do it myself the same way you do. I've never found anyone who does this, or any information on it at all. I was worried I was damaging my spine by doing this? When I first started doing it it hurt realllly bad, but at the same time it felt so relieving. A couple times I even had bruises on my back..but when I stopped doing it I could almost feel the pressure building up between my verts. And needed to do it again. Does anyone know what exactly is ripping? It almost feels like if you pull an elastic band and it breaks..or when you win a game of tug of war lol its extremely tight and when you pull really hard it feels like something rips off of your spine. Does anyone know? I'm going to the dr. Soon and will bring it up.



  • You ask, what is "ripping?"

    I gather there is a fluid pressure of some kind. Or even gas – C02, they say. The popping comes from a shift within the joint.

    EDIT: JC posted good information on that here:
    http://www.jointcrackers.com/ftopict-25.html

    I also strongly suspect that there are adhesions as well as arthritic spindles (my term) that we sometimes break though. We get clear sensations from doing that, and the sounds are also distinct. 'Ripping' is a word that I do recognize, from the sound and also the feeling.

    What are adhesions? Soft tissue formations, much like scar tissue.

    What are what I am calling spindles? Filaments of calcification. On an x-ray they look like cotton filaments.

    If you are interested, go over to the 'Treatment' thread, in Forums, to see my latest post about my own situation. It may provide useful information for you. Here is the link:
    http://jointcrackers.com/ftopict-708.html



  • @Boop:

    Hmm, let's see if I can explain it better. It sounds weird though, right? haha!

    Okay:

    Get on all fours, on your hands and knees like a dog or some such thing.

    Arch your back, not up, but down, and look up at the ceiling as best you can. So I guess that could sound like a banana on all fours? LOL! Arching helps the other person to get a better grip on the skin over your spine.

    Then get your partner to start from the base of your spine and working up (I usually have him stop just below my shoulder blades), pinching the skin firmly over your spine with two hands and pull up, no pushing down. Think of it as the exact opposite to how people usually have someone crack their back (which is usually pushing down).

    So in theory, when your back is all compressed from the stresses of the day (walking, sitting, exercising, so on), I feel the by doing this you are literally pulling compressed discs out and into their original alignment.

    I mentioned this to a chiropractor once who said it certainly isn't hurting anything, so no harm no foul.

    I usually get a dozen pops or so. The ones near the base are usually just small pops but as you work up, they get LOUDER! Sometimes, if you get a good grip, you can pull two or three vertebrae at once! And yes, you can literally feel individual verts. shifting and popping, so can your partner! It's very, very satisfying!

    I recommend it to anyone who can tolerate someone else pulling their back like that. My partner doesn't like it because the pinching/gripping of the skin itself hurts, not the popping. I personally love it and could literally be lifted off of the floor by my skin alone without feeling pain! There is a type of massage I enjoy with the back pulling, it has a real name (Tai Ne? Something weird like that) that involves pinching, pulling, and rolling the skin. It feels WONDERFUL on my back, I can feel my blood circulating and the skin gets hot. Very nice after a tough day.

    Aside from my back, I pop the usual: all toes (including the tarsals or whichever of the foot), knees, hips, neck, all of the joint in my fingers (even that teeny joint in my thumbs), my wrists, and jaw. I am also "double jointed" or whatever in all of these places and more.

    Also: there is a way to pull your back by yourself if you care to know.

    SO!

    Does anyone else do this? LOL. I am going to guess: No. But maybe you'll give it a try?

    Wow that sounds amazing. I love cracking my neck and back. It's SOOO relieving! I would really appreciate it if u could post of vid of this on youtube. I would love to see it done



  • This sounds very interesting. I'm trying to imagine what your partner is grabbing and pulling. Is it your skin or your spine? A video would be nice.



  • I can crack my back by pulling the skin..

    After a car accident, I was in physical therapy, and while I was face down on the table, one of the therapists was moving my back and made a comment about my skin being easy to work with. She then grabbed a pinch of skin right over my spine and pulled upward. My spine popped! I asked if she just cracked my back by pulling up the skin. She said yes. Wow. So I tried it myself. It works! I reach around my lower back with both arms and grab my skin on either side of my spine and pull out. I can get one or two solid cracks there. I also reach over my shoulder and grab with one hand between the tops of my shoulder blades and I get one solid crack there.

    Also, I found I can do this technique on my elbows! I love that one.
    I seem to recall trying this on my knees and I don't remember it being successful.


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