Yes ..It displaces the jointal fluid because you have removed the nitrogen in the fluid and therefore it needs to build again, the nitrogen is like a natural greaser for the fluid if it is continually eliminated the joints become say rusty...in a metaphoric sense..
2 years ago
Last edited at 5:03AM on 9/19/2011
Cracking your knuckles dries out the "gel" kind of substance between the wrist and fore arm, fingers and knuckles etc! imagine not having the gel and imagine your bones and joints grinding together every time you move. OUCH!!!!!!!!!
I have been told that it is bad for you by several nurses who seemed pretty adamant about it at the time, saying basically what everyone else commenting here is saying about it potentially causing Arthritis. Either way, why risk it? As you go throughout your day, your hands (if you are active) stretch and flex on their own without any need for force. Why throw salt on a wound?
Have been cracking mine since I was 8. I'm 40 now....my hands don't hurt and yes, I love cracking them, but if I'm in a meeting I know when to control the urge. Also, I have arthritis..LOL...however, NOT in my hands!!! Halarious...some of the comments...I believe parents started a lot of rumors to try to scare, fool, or control US 'children' to stop it!! Due to the noise annoying them...it's like popping ur gum with your teeth...THEY (parents) don't want to hear it...Pop on POPPERS!!!
2 years ago
Last edited at 9:34AM on 9/19/2011
Yes, anytime you force a joint outside of its normal range of motion you are going to do damage. If you are going to do that, then DISTRACT the joint in a straight line by gentle pulling. This answer comes from a Podiatrist.
YES 100% I always Cracked my Knuckles and Toes! I started when I was probably in my early teens. Now I am hitting the big 40 and I can tell you from personal experience There are days that I wake up and my hands literally ache! Also, I broke my hand and 3 fingers about 5 years ago and it hurts more now after it has healed. My Doc told me that a GOOD POSSIBILITY was that because I cracked them so often one after the other then going again to see if I could crack a second time has caused a separation in most of my joints around the knuckle. I think he said along the lines of something like this literally! (I told you years ago not to Continuously crack,crack,crack.You damaged the cartilage I think he stated. Lastly, My hobby for years has been in MMA. Cracking your knuckles actually makes it seem or feel better after doing so After getting back in the Do Jo I can tell you that It HURTS like HELL! When I used the punching bag to the point of where I said to myself I quit. My doc also said my knuckles are bigger because they get inflamed and I was given a MUSCLE RELAXER to help the constant Aching!! Hope I helped! CDM
2 years ago
Last edited at 12:46PM on 9/19/2011
I used to do this for the sheer fun of it and my Biology Teacher in 10th Grade saw me doing it in her class and immediately informed me that if I continued to do this my knuckles would become enlarged and it would be difficult to get a ring on over the enlarged joints. I stopped cracking my knuckles right away after hearing this glaring news. So, yes I think that means that cracking your knuckles is bad for you.
You know how you crack your knuckles when they feel "locked"? Well that's because you've put so much pressure on them from pushing on them that your bones kind of lock into each other when you push them into each other, somewhat causing them to shift into an incorrect placement. Cracking them actually resets them back into that loose, proper area where there's not as much pressure.
For example, have you ever gotten knots in your back? Well the reason you massage them is because by rubbing the knots, your pushing the strained muscles and tendants back into "place" by "wringing out" those sore points. Basically, those are caused by your muscles twisting, and by massaging them you're basically "straightening" them.
It's basically the same idea here- leaving them uncracked keeps them in a sore state, and that will actually cause your knuckles problems A LOT more quickly than if you leave them uncracked, especially if you feel the need to crack them in the first place.
It is and isnt. It all depends on how you crack them. If you lets say 'pop' them it can lead you to arthritius, but if you 'crack' them you are helping your knuckles loose nitrogen, a chemical in you that needs to be released, so when you crack your knuckles, you are basicly poping a nitrogen bubble