Category Pain & Pain Management

What It Means When Your Joints Pop or Crack

The protective lining in a person’s joints will begin to wear when men and women start to age. Because of this, various types of movements will often cause popping noises and cracking noises. Even when this happens, it is important for you to remember that it is not a sign of a medical condition each time it happens. For example, if you are an athlete or if you work out on a frequent basis, it is likely that you will experience popping noises when you move. However, if pain is associated with the popping noise that you hear, you might need to seek advice from Providence Orthopaedics specialist Dr. Siow. It could be possible for you to have a degenerative disease or another type of injury. In addition, if you are suffering from torn ligaments or floating cartilage, it is likely that your joints will make a loud sound when they are moved. You might also suffer from pain.


Osteoarthritis Can Cause Popping or Cracking joints

Osteoarthritis is one of the most common types of pain that is associated with joints that pop or crack. When you have osteoarthritis, the cartilage will wear away over time. Because most of your cartilage is no longer there, your bones will begin to rub together. The coating that normally protects your bones from pain will not be able to stop this from happening. Although this type of disease is more common among older men and women, it is possible for the younger generation to suffer from osteoarthritis as well. However, it normally only affects younger men and women that have a genetic disorder, a birth defect or an injury. This type of disease normally affects the lower back, the thumbs, the hips and the knees. There are quite a few different things that can be done to treat this type of disease. This might include surgery, medication and weight control. However, artificial joints can be used as well to help relieve the pain and the popping of the joints.


Arthritic Joints


Dealing with Weather

Although diseases or previous injuries can cause pain, popping and cracking, there can be other reasons that contribute to the problems that you are having with your joints. For example, it is possible for the weather to affect your joints. This is especially the case for men and women that suffer from a degenerative state. It can also affect men and women that are currently recovering from an injury or have been seriously injured in the past. Once the barometric pressure begins to fall, the air outside of your home will normally start to become cool and moist. Once this happens and you are suffering from fragile joints, you will often start to feel more pain. However, once the weather starts to become dry and hotter, the pain will be relieved.

Do Your Joints Pop & Crack When You Workout?




Single Popping

If the popping or cracking noise that you hear only happens once, it might be a sign that the joint is experiencing trauma. This might include joint dislocation, a broken bone, tendon rapture, a tendon strain or the tearing of a ligament.


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Lymphatic Drainage Massage Could Be The Answer for Aches and Pains

Are you plagued by minor aches and pains? Are you subject to more colds or bouts of the flu than you think is normal? Do you have swollen ankles or retain fluid? Do you have acne even though you’re in middle age? You might be suffering from a lymphatic system that’s sluggish, and a sluggish lymphatic system can lead to a weakened immune system. You might be a good candidate for lymphatic drainage massage.



About the Lymphatic System

The lymphatic system is a vital part of the immune system which fights off infection and disease. It’s made up of tubes that branch all over the body very much like the blood vessels. These tubes carry lymph, which is a thin fluid that holds lymphocytes, which are cells that fight infection. The fluid also removes debris, pathogens and toxins from the body. Lymph nodes are small, grape-like structures that are found under the arms, in the groin, in the neck, the abdomen and the chest. There are about 500 plus lymph nodes all over the body.


The Lymphatic System



About Lymphatic Drainage Massage

This type of massage is a gentle massage that allows the lymphatic fluid to flow freely and properly all over the body. When this happens, the immune system is supported and the incidence of infections, colds and flu are reduced. Certain skin conditions like acne or spider veins are also reduced. Edema, or swelling, also goes down. Lymphatic massage is also beneficial if you’re healing from surgery. This is especially true of cosmetic surgery like liposuction.

Because the lymph system is right beneath your skin, heavy massage isn’t necessary. The therapist will move his or her hands in a gentle, circular pumping action that you’ll find very relaxing if it’s done the right way. The massage can be performed over your body or on your face. You should drink plenty of water before you have a session, and then drink plenty of water afterward. This will help the lymphatic fluid to flow. However, you shouldn’t eat a heavy meal before the session and you should avoid alcohol both before and after the massage. You should also perform some light exercise like a 10 minute walk after the massage. Follow this with a good rest to allow the lymphatic system to flush the toxins from your body.


Use these lymphatic drainage massage techniques from Louisville massage therapist Heather Wibbels, LMT on yourself to reduce congestion and sinus pressure in the head. This is great for allergy sufferers and people with head colds.


If the idea of lymphatic drainage massage is something you’re interested in, why don’t you book a massage today? Check out our locations in Singapore and see which one is most convenient for you. You’ll be surprised at how much better you feel!


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