Joints Making Noises During Your Practice? Those ‘Clicking’ Sounds Explained

It happens to all of us; that surprise “pop” from your joints in when changing positions in Pilates. Or that feeling of pressure building that leads to a big “crack” when moving into or out of an asana.

We are familiar with these sounds and often hear them coming from our own or other’s bodies during our Yoga and Pilates session. But what do these noises mean? What is happening in our body to make them and should we be concerned?


Flicks occur when the body is in motion. This particular feeling and sound is caused by the tendons in your body sliding or slipping over bumps in your bones.

This is a natural way the body moves within its self. Hearing flicks throughout your practice should be nothing to worry about as it usually is not a problem.

Flicks are more prominent in those whose have poor joint alignment, so the act of participating in Yoga and Pilates is the best thing you can do. By practicing correct alignment and strengthening your joints you should hear less and less flicking as your practice progresses.


Clicks are not a one-off occurrence. They are subtle sounds that are present whenever a joint moves in a particular way. The sound is caused by compression between bones, tightly moving together or grating back and forth.

A natural aging process sees the cartilage within our joints wear away. As the bone is exposed it comes into contact with other bones, making a clicking sound during certain movements.

Although this is a natural progression of our body, it can also indicate arthritic problems, so it’s best to listen to your body.

Pain and swelling indicate something is wrong. Yoga and Pilates help you to take the time to withdraw into the body and assess its state, including the health of your bones and joints.

It is important to address the cause of these clicks. If left unattended your bone health can deteriorate rapidly. Whether it is a Yoga, Pilates or physiotherapy based rehabilitation, you can delay the wearing of your joints by improving your joint alignment, increasing the strength of your muscles and maintaining your flexibility to promote freedom of movement.


Did you know your joints contain fluid? Little nitrogen bubbles form in this fluid and when they are released all at once you can hear a popping noise.

You’ve probably seen and heard people force the gas from their joints when ‘cracking’ their fingers, toes or neck. These nitrogen bubbles are not a problem to your health, however, forcing the air out by manipulating the joints forcibly can damage the surrounding ligaments. Over time this weakens your joints and can increase problems with your range of motion.

Simply stretching and fostering your flexibility through Pilates and Yoga will naturally release the gas bubbles from your joints. The stiffer your joints are, the harder it is for gas bubbles to be released. Upholding a regular practice will help keep your joints happy and well nourished.

There’s No Need To Worry

Overall, flicks, clicks and pops are perfectly natural and nothing to worry about.

However, if the sounds are also accompanied by pain or swelling, your body is trying to tell you something is wrong. Talk to an expert to look deeper into your body’s state of health.

Engaging in Yoga and Pilates will align your body with your mind. You will learn more about your physical self through the exploration that such practices require.

You can learn how to accomplish your own modifications and adjustments to prepare for clicks appropriately, such as bracing the core muscles when you know your spine or hips will click when moving into a backbend.

Yoga and Pilates are a great way to maintain and improve your joints health. Being true to your regular practice will gently increase your stretching capabilities and ensure your greater range of movement helps you to move easily through life.