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Cracking sternum whilst practicing

Sarah_2010-07-04 11:12:08 +0000 #1
I'm not sure why it does this, but my sternum always cracks when I practice. It makes me nervous and I am hesitant to finish because I'm not sure what's going on, or if it's okay. Is a continually cracking sternum something to be worried about, or am I doing something wrong?
Pandara2010-07-04 11:19:11 +0000 #2
Namaste Sarah,

And welcome to the forum.

Cracking of joints is fairly common in a lot of people. The question usually with joint cracking is: Does it casue you any pain or discomfort?

If not, then it is most probably like flexing your fingers and your hear snap, crackle and pop, but without any pain accosiated with that action. If fact sometimes it can feel so good after you have done it.

However, if pain and discomfort follows your cracking and popping then I would recommend that you visit your doctor for an check-up.
InnerAthlete2010-07-04 11:31:35 +0000 #3
Hello Sarah,

there are various theories and perceptions behind the "cracking" you mention.

I tend not to follow an "if it doesn't hurt then don't fret" paradigm. Instead my preference is as follows.

First consult the person from who you are taking yoga. That teacher should either be able to respond to you unequivocally or tell you they do not know BUT will find out.

Second, if the cracking noise is constant, all the time, the opposite of periodic, then there may be something more to unearth. I'd not fathom a guess as to what that is but I'd consult your health care provider of choice. Mine would be my yoga teacher and/or a chiro for such things.

If it is periodic then it is fine. The joints of the body are adjusting constantly - during the movements of the day and the movements of the sleep phase, and all points in between.

In this way some adjustment is perfectly fine while other adjustment may be an indicator of laxity (or tension), diet, or imbalance that could be addressed through ones practice.
Techne2010-07-04 12:32:03 +0000 #4
OK -- when I hear 'sternum' I think of the bone running down the front of the rib cage that anchors the ribs in place. My CPR instructor definitely said that in giving CPR to really old folks their ribs pop out of the sternum.

What gets to crack there without it being bad? I mean, I guess where a rib connects with the sternum it has to be a joint of some sort, but I've never experienced mine being that mobile.

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