Dr. Mark Brieding's Chiropractic Treatment Approach in his East Greenwich Clinic
Chiropractors famously "crack" joints when they work with patients. The purpose of this is to correct misalignments of the spine and your extremities by gently moving the joints into correct position. The "cracking or popping" sound is actually gas escaping from the stuck joint when the chiropractor makes an adjustment.
This can be unnerving if you're not used to chiropractic treatment, but it's the signature sound that means good things are happening. The synovial fluid in your joints is flowing again, and relubricating the affected joint. This can often bring instant pain relief. And, there's more, as Dr. Breiding explains it, "Not only is your alignment being improved, but all the nerve receptors in the joint are also being activated. These send signals to the brain which then reacts by resetting the nerve receptors and helping to relieve pain."
Dr. Breiding is especially adept at detecting and correcting alignment issues so his patients recover quickly from injury or illness thanks to a few "pops" along the way.