5 Simple Steps to Crack Your Own Back
How to Crack Your Own Back
My back is hyper-flexible and hard to pop with the usual methods. I attribute this to the many years I spent cracking it in crazy ways. Fortunately, I discovered an easy solution that works for me, and it only requires a bathtub!
Here are five steps to crack your own back:
- Wait until mid-day or later to do this because you want to work with loosened joints. This is very important! For some reason, this trick doesn't work in the early morning hours for me.
- Make sure the bathtub is dry if you are trying this method fully clothed. Sit in the tub with your knees bent in front of you. You should face the wall, keep your knees up, and have your shins either crossing over each other or facing the wall. Choose what makes you feel more comfortable. Your back should rest against the side of the tub farthest from the wall.
- Sit up straight and position yourself until you feel the edge of the tub between a vertebrae in your middle back. Place your hands on the wall or the opposite side of the tub (this depends on your height) and press against the wall slowly and firmly. This produces pressure on your back and should pop it. Your back may crack the first time you press against the wall, but don't give up if it doesn't.
- Continue sliding lower and lower in the tub. Push against the wall to pop each vertebrae. It's important to start in the middle of your back and work down.
- Start again from the middle of your back and work towards your upper back, sliding deeper into the tub to do so. When you reach the uppermost vertebrae under your neck, you should be rewarded with a nice loud crack. It feels great!
My inspiration for trying this method came from college, where I sat at a desk and did essentially the same thing. After I graduated, I didn't have any desks laying around to use and had to think of an alternative method. If this didn't work for you, don't give up! Instead, try popping your back either later on in the day or on a different day. I've used this method for years, and even then it doesn't work if I'm too wound up.
I grew up cracking just about every bone in my body. I remember my parents admonishing me when I cracked my knuckles, saying my joints would grow big and ugly if I continued doing so. I'm happy to say this was just a myth, and my knuckles are unchanged. I hope this unique way to crack your back helps you!