- Summer Qtr: May 30-Aug 19
- Learner Series topic: Anatomy and Chakras.
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Ways to Protect Your Joints
Walking, bending, and performing everyday tasks become much more difficult if you develop a joint condition. Take a look at these five tips that will help you prevent joint damage.
Yoga sessions are often accompanied by plenty of natural sound effects. Understandably, it can be a little disconcerting if a chorus of popping and crackling sounds erupts when you bend your knee to perform the perfect tree pose or arch your back during the cobra pose. Luckily, these sounds are not a cause for concern, in most cases.
Why Do Joints Crack and Pop?
The sounds you hear may occur due to several reasons:
Is Cracking and Popping Dangerous?
Cracking or popping usually does not indicate a serious problem. If the sound happens every time you perform a certain motion or is accompanied by pain or swelling, it could be a sign that the cartilage has deteriorated in the joint. This often happens if you develop osteoarthritis, a common degenerative joint disease that is can be caused by years of wear and tear.
What Can I Do About Cracking or Popping?
Occasional cracking or popping cannot be avoided, but if the sound effects are due to other reasons, you can take steps to reduce the noise, including:
Our yoga classes stretch your muscles and help you keep your joints loose and mobile. Call us to find out which class is best for you.
Yoga Journal: The Truth About Cracking and Popping Joints
Yoga Journal: 4 Way to Build Hip Stability and Prevent Injury
WebMD: What is Your Knee Telling You
Men’s Fitness: Trainer Q & A: Why Does My Shoulder Crack and Pop?
U.S. News and World Report: Is It Bad That My Knees Crack When I Exercise?, 6/7/16
Arthritis Foundation: 51 Ways to Be Good to Your Joints
Harvard Health: Simple Tips to Protect Your Joints, 8/14
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