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Spine Clicking w/ Hanging Leg Raise


#1

when I do Hanging leg raises I can feel my spine clicking, not cracking like a chiro adjustment. But like 2 bones are popping together.

Anyone else have that? Theories?

I do not have any back issues.


#2

I have that and also have no back problems. I can also click my chest. The clicking makes me feel like it's doing something good...that may be faulty logic but who cares.


#3

Lol, you must mean nonexistant logic. Oh, and it may be you who ends up caring.


#4

haha, the thought that I was doing something good did not cross my mind.

I doubt I am doing damage, just interesting, wondered if someone know where the rubbing/popping/clicking was coming from.


#5

May just be that you've got some really tight muscles in/around the vertebrae that are clicking, pulling when they shouldn't be. Can try some foam rolling to work them out a bit. Are you keeping a really straight back when you do them or does the back curve a bit when you flex the abs on the way up?


#6

i think it is straight, but how many times have people said that. I'll get someone to watch. What would be expected if it was curving?


#7

I get that with standing cable abs. I asked a physio about it who didn't seem to think it was a problem (for me). It is disconcerting though.


#8

This is most likely due to your psoas muscle (hip flexor) tendons rubbing over each other as the shorten. Check out the anatomy here.
http://images.google.ca/imgres?imgurl=http://www.thepilatesacademy.com.au/assets/images/iliopsoas.jpg&imgrefurl=http://www.thepilatesacademy.com.au/articles/hip_pain_iliopsoas_tendonitis.htm&usg=__ETqh3CvJAIAhYhruy0DnD7gcTFI=&h=273&w=350&sz=27&hl=en&start=5&um=1&tbnid=MK-SNAfdUAv0TM:&tbnh=94&tbnw=120&prev=/images%3Fq%3Dpsoas%2Bmuscle%2Banatomy%2Bpic%26hl%3Den%26client%3Dfirefox-a%26rls%3Dorg.mozilla:en-US:official%26sa%3DN%26um%3D1
Notice how there are multiple tendon origins from the lateral vertebrae bodies? As you draw your legs up, the tendons can "flick" (for lack of a better word) over each other as you perform the movement. It can be an alarming clunk or just a quiet snap. It is usually felt deep. Stretch out your hip flexors and IT bands/ tensor fascia lata and you should notice an almost immediate change.
Hope this helps
DrC


#9

Fantastic answer! thank you. If you are a real Dr i should go see you i'm in Ontario also :slight_smile:


#10

It sounds kind of like 'snapping hip syndrome', which I just randomly googled across.

http://iach.amedd.army.mil/sections/clinics/physicalTherapy/pdf/SNAPPING%20HIP%20SYNDROME.pdf