Osteopaths and other therapists often use spinal manipulation as one of our hands-on techniques. One of the most common questions we get asked is "what is the 'crack'".
When your therapist uses an adjustment technique such as this, they are temporarily separating the joint surfaces, this causes a momentary change in pressure and a small gas bubble to form and "pop". This helps in the short-term by helping the joint move more freely, causing a release of endorphins (happy hormones) and reducing the sensitivity of nerves in the area.
Hopefully, by helping you to move with more ease and feel less pain, you will be able to get moving at home with exercises and usual activities, which will get you back on track to enjoying life!