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Discussion in 'Miscellaneous [BG]' started by monkeywrench, Oct 22, 2002.
does cracking your knuckles make your fingers less able to play bass well?
I dunno about it hurting your playing at all, but I've heard (not sure if it's true) that you'll get arthristis (sp?) when you get old...that's prolly wrong though, . But yeah, I crack my knuckles and it doesn't make me any better or worse, my fingers feel loser and seem to be able to move farther, but this is prolly all in my head.
My health teacher back in high school said that it's a myth that you'll get artritish by cracking your knuckles.
Not so much a myth as a misconception to how the whole thing comes about. Joints that are able to crack are more flexible than those that don't, and when the joint is more flexible it is more suceptable to arthritis.
So cracking your knuckles is not a cause of any joint-related injuries? I'm just wondering... I crack my fingers regularly, and my neck and back sometimes. I should probably stop, but it feels really good and loosens my body.
It can be a cause of joint related injuries, but in and of itself, it does not cause arthritis.
But cracking your joints with too much force can indeed hyperextend ligaments/tendons, and can damage cartilage.
It is addictive(or maybe habit forming is the right term), IMHO. I started when I was a preteen, and now I have to crack them to get my fingers loose enough to play. And I have to crack them between sets to keep them that way.
when u crack your knuckles that is actually air, which is what makes the popping sound. it doesnt do anything to your joints. Unless, as embellisher said, u push too hard and mess up tendons. The rest is in your head.
Well, the air is really tiny air bubbles in the synovial fluid that lubricates your joints. All joints have synovial fluid.
Well, it's actually one of two things, depending on the joint:
Nitrogen gas in the sinovial fluid (like when you crack your knuckles)
or a tendon slipping over a joint into place and twanging like a string (like when your hips crack - you younguns will understand later....)
I'm only 28 and it's a real "crack-fest" when I get out of bed every morning.
Be good to your joints, people, you'll be sorry if you're not!
Try Yoga, man - it'll change your life!
I've read that its totally harmless...on the other hand i've also read that in the event of an emergency coca cola can be used to replace motor oil...cool...man bathroom reader books are great
some small studies have been done and theres two sides
some scientists beleive that knuckles that were cracked became larger and could end up being damaged
others beleive that the action of cracking knuckles isnt strong enough to cause damage
so basiclaly its up to
not cracking knuckles cant have any bad effects
but cracking may
so i think its better to be safe than sorry
im kicking the habit
go here and do a search for knuckle cracking
I've cracked my hand and foot knuckles as far back as I can remember. I'm 45 now, and I haven't seen any bad results yet. (I'm not saying that it can't happen though)
About 25 years ago, I used to regularly crack my back (it was probably my spine) every morning as soon as I woke up. I'd sit up in bed and while keeping my legs in front of me turn my upper body first as far to the right as it could go, then to the left. I would hear/feel about a dozen cracks each way and it felt great, but, then I started getting shooting pains down my left leg. Nerve pain. The kind you feel when a dentist drills your tooth without giving you novacaine. No balogna.
I put 2+2 together and promptly stopped doing this without ever going to a doctor and the pains eventually went away .
Maybe a small joint can take it, but, not a big one that supports a lot of weight.
Should I get the kind with the big chunks of fruit in it, or the creamy, fruitless kind? Oh, wait -- that's yogurt!
Seriously, I've thought about trying yoga, but that's about it.
A journey of a thousand miles......
i have a minor form of arthiritus in a few of my fingers and both my ankles. but thats from continually sprainging them and not doing andthing about it. i still play though. occasionallt i get sharp tingles in my joins from it and am forced to stop or bear it.
I crack my knucles all the time after i come in from the cold, it loosens them up before class or bassin'