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Allie's avatar

Does it bother you when people crack their back?

Asked by Allie (17526points) May 16th, 2008

I do this quite often and something happened yesterday that made me wonder if I was bugging other people around me. I was studying in Border’s and I was sitting in a chair between two strangers. I had been sitting for a while and felt like cracking my back.. so I did. The guy on my right just turned to me and said “Nice.” The woman on my left made a sound like she was disgusted. (Her noise actually made me giggle to myself a bit.) So does it bother you when people crack their back? Do you care?

(If it is annoying, then I’ll try to do it less often.)

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16 Answers

cheebdragon's avatar

nope, I love cracking my neck, it freaks my mom out, she can’t stand it

Wine3213's avatar

It doesn’t really. But for example, one of my roommates in college would crack his back, and you could hear each little pop in his back. That was sickening.

jrpowell's avatar

Fingernails on a chalkboard. I hate it.

scamp's avatar

The sound can make people cringe, so I don’t do it when others are around. My SO hates when I do it, but it does feel much better after I do! So I try to do it more discreetly, and maybe you should too.

nikipedia's avatar

Any cracking drives me nuts. Knuckles make me jump; backs/necks make me feel a little queasy. Don’t know why.

ccatron's avatar

it bothers me when i see the crack of someone’s backside.

gailcalled's avatar

Tell me how, please, to crack my back. I have lots of aches down there (L-4, L-5) and would like to try the technique.

Allie's avatar

I like this method: Sit in a chair, twist as far as you can to your side, hold on to the back of the chair, and pull a bit farther until you hear some pops. Repeat on the other side.
This is most effective for me. =] Other people I know can do it just by twisting really fast, but I can’t do it that way.

gailcalled's avatar

Oh, dear. In my case, pops would probably be lower discs herniating. But thanks anyway, Allie.

thecoot's avatar

One thing I miss about school is the school desks and their ability to pop my back better than anything else.

scamp's avatar

I can’t do the twisting thing either. What I do is sit in a sturdy chair with a low back. I lean backwards against it, and the top of the chair forces my back to pop. I switch postions, sitting either taller or slouching a bit to hit different areas. I also hold onto the back of the chair at waist height. (Kind of looks like you have your hands on your hips)

andrew's avatar

I’m a compulsive cracker (I can even do my metacarpal-hamate joints), so I lurve the sound of a good crack.

@gailcalled: Try getting a hard-foam pilates roller, lie down, place it sideways under your lower back (around sacrum, L4, L5) and roll back and forth.

delirium's avatar

neck gets a speech from me.

gailcalled's avatar

@andrew; does rolling back and forth on Milo count?

gooch's avatar

No I love to crack also. (back, neck, hips, fingers, toes, & chest)

XrayGirl's avatar

doesn’t bother me one bit, and how rude of those people…shallow.

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