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Popping Spine By Pulling On Skin
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Pretzel Logic
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I don't know if this belongs here or get a life. I work with a girl who said she's been having her boyfriend pop her spine by pulling on the skin on her back over the part of the spine to be popped. She is lying flat on her stomach and he will roll enough skin to grab onto well and pull hard straight away from the spine. She said it pops one or two vertebrae and you can move up and do it again and pop some more and so on.

I've never heard of this and just wanted to know what is going on and if it is therapeutic or dangerous or what. She says it makes her back feel very good and relieves a lot of tension. I was thinking maybe adhesions, scar tissue, connective tissue of some sort or whatever is being broken up and this is the pop and the relief. She swears it's the vertebrae. Does anyone know or have some good ideas about the physiology of what is happening? Thanks.

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bushidobadboy
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It's a spinal adjustment. The guy who adjusts my spine sometimes does that same technique.

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Pretzel Logic
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Thanks. She said he just did it one time and she liked it. We figured he must have gotten it somewhere. You don't just make something like that up, I don't think.

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bushidobadboy
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It only works on a small subset of the population actually IME. That's partly due to the direction that the vertebra wants to go in towards the normal position ie the vertebra is anterior to the normal position and wants to be adjusted posteriorly, so you 'pull it backwards' with the technique you describe. So if the patient doesn't have an anterior subluxation, there's no requirement for this technique.

However the second main factor to whether you can perform this technique relates to the amount of subQ fat in the area. Too much or the wrong quality (ever notice how some fat allows you to grab the area, whilst other fat resists grabbing and kind of squidges away from your grip?) of fat prevents you getting a firm, non-painful grip on the area.

There, you can go and impress the woman with your in depth knowledge, ha.

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