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Cracking in chest area? How do I get rid of it?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created October 28, 2011 at 2:18 PM

Just like when you crack your knuckles, I often times feel the need to crack my chest.

It's not the center of my chest, but more of on the right side/corner is where it cracks. I've had this for quite awhile now (maybe less than a year).

It has been better going Paleo, especially with inflammation in chest going away, but I'm wondering do I just not crack it, and wait for it to heal? Or do I keep cracking it? If I don't, it feels like tension builds up, and then it kinda hurts to crack it the longer I wait.

Any suggestions?

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on October 29, 2011
at 06:59 AM

Try a good osteopath.

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on October 29, 2011
at 06:59 AM

Stretching the pectorals also helps.

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on October 29, 2011
at 02:18 AM

How exactly do you purposely crack it?

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on October 28, 2011
at 10:22 PM

I doubt it's age-related as I have exactly what the OP describes at the tender age of sixteen :/

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on October 28, 2011
at 08:32 PM

Mine does that too, right around my sternum. Not always, but if I stretch hard or turn funny it cracks sometimes. There are lots of small muscles running across our ribcage and if one or more of these are tightened it stands to make sense that it would exert some pressure on the ribs. Ribs are supposed to flex quite a bit (how else would we breathe?) and are only held in place by cartilage and the further down you go the more mobile they are.

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on October 28, 2011
at 02:45 PM

A friend of mine has something similar, but his cracking comes from the middle of his chest. He asked his doctor about it and the doc said it was normal and to not worry about it. I don't know how much you believe doctors, but that was the "professional" opinion. 8)

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on October 28, 2011
at 02:27 PM

I don't have any suggestions, but I have this too! I attribute it to getting old and/or being pregnant. Has been happening for several months now when I get out of bed...

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on October 29, 2011
at 01:16 AM

I know of a physical therapist who calls this a subluxed rib. He says that if your try hanging from a pull-up bar with hands in chin-up position. Sometimes this helps. I have no links or sites - this is just what he says to me verbally.

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on August 17, 2013
at 02:13 PM

Im a 26 year old guy. my chestplate has been cracking for years, all the doctors i have chattedto about it say it is not anything to worry about.

Happens alot less since i started doing yoga, but again, not really an issue in the first place.

dont stress it

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on August 17, 2013
at 05:11 AM

When I stopped doing crunches and relied on other upper ab workouts I started getting stress build up and which started the cracking right above the sternum, .... Try crunches to help build muscle in that general area so it can take on more stress and have less of an urge to crack it.

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on October 29, 2011
at 02:15 AM

I have a rib that gives me problems but only have popping first thing in the morning after a heavy chest lifting session and I consider it almost unrelated. The rib issue may or may not be due to "subluxation" but I know it can come and go easily and the pain can be quite severe. It usually concentrates as a sharp pain in the back but I also sometimes get a dull ache around on the chest side. Usually making a barrel shaped chest (hands behind head, elbows out, deep breath, arch back) tends to put things back where they belong.

P.S. If there is no pain I wouldn't worry too much.

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on October 29, 2011
at 06:59 AM

Stretching the pectorals also helps.

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