Do you crack your knuckles?

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous [BG]' started by Impulsee, Apr 8, 2003.

  1. I crack my knuckles, and i think it helps me play better.

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  2. I crack my knuckes but i dont think it does anything.

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    9 vote(s)
  4. I think cracking your knucles will hurt your playing and fingers.

    11 vote(s)
  5. I dont think cracking your knuckles does anything.

    10 vote(s)
  1. Everytime i crack my knuckles around my parents they always go "your going to make thoes fingers swell". Idk about that, but heres what im curious about. Do you people think that cracking your knuckles helps you play, hurts your playing, no change??~??
  2. Nick Gann

    Nick Gann Talkbass' Tubist in Residence

    Mar 24, 2002
    Silver Spring, MD
    hmmm... I think the tabs for that one are:


    (I think this one is in the wrong forum;))
  3. OOPS, i went for "technique" but i just hit this one because of the T...oops ^_^
  4. Sworn


    Feb 27, 2003
    So Cal
    from what I've heard, cracking your knuckles can cause arthiritus. Prolly best not to do it in the first place.
  5. Bruce Lindfield

    Bruce Lindfield Unprofessional TalkBass Contributor Gold Supporting Member

    But "crakin' t'hoes" is different again!! ;)
  6. SuperDuck


    Sep 26, 2000
    As I felt it would be appropriate, before I moved this thread, I cracked my knuckles and wiggled my fingers appropriately.

    Off to misc.
  7. sometimes i'll be playing, and find playing something a bit more difficult than usual, i'll crack my knuckles and they'll be much looser and almost fresh feeling and the line will be much easier to play.

    if my knuckles feel like they need to be cracked and i don't crack them it gets a bit uncomfortable

    i don't think cracking my knuckles helps playing, but i do think not cracking mine hinders it ;)

  8. I've heard this also. Can anyone verify this? I've always cracked my knuckles for some reason, it's just one of my bad habits. Can it really lead to problems in the future?
  9. PollyBass

    PollyBass ******

    Jun 25, 2001
    Shreveport, LA

    When I first saw you're posts nick, I thought you were an idiot, it turns out, however, you have wit. and a fro. So for this, you are cool.
  10. DigMe


    Aug 10, 2002
    Waco, TX
    Knuckle cracking does not cause arthritis. Whether or not it leads to any other probs such as swollen joints etc hasn't been determined conclusively.

    brad cook
  11. RAM


    May 10, 2000
    Chicago, IL
    I've heard that there's absolutely no conclusive evidence to support the claims that cracking causes arthritis. Yet, some still feel it does.

    I've been a'crackin' for over a decade, and the only problems I have is that it annoys my wife.:eek:

    Too bad for her.:p
  12. DigMe


    Aug 10, 2002
    Waco, TX
    Yes. There is no conclusive evidence that it causes arthritis but there is conclusive evidence that it does NOT cause arthritis.

    brad cook
  13. I'd rather not take my chances!!!
  14. jasonbraatz


    Oct 18, 2000
    Oakland, CA
    i don't normally, but it's like seeing someone else yawn. if someone else cracks their knuckles, this case...if i read about cracking knuckles, they all of a sudden feel tight and i gotta crack 'em!
  15. I do.

    If you do it through a mike with the echo effects on it, your knuckles can crack throughout the whole auditoruim. That gives you a killer sound, but you're risking an after school detention :rolleyes:

    It feels funny afterwards, though, so I restrain myself from doing it all the time.
  16. i crack my fingers all the time it just makes them feel looser
  17. Benjamin Strange

    Benjamin Strange Commercial User

    Dec 25, 2002
    New Orleans, LA
    Owner / Tech: Strange Guitarworks
    I crack my toes, feet, knees, hips, spine, shoulders, elbows, neck, jaw, and sternum. I don't even try to do it, it just happens. Alot. My knuckles do not crack, though. Strange...
  18. 5stringDNA


    Oct 10, 2002
    Englewood, CO
    Well, the artharitis thing being related to cracking knuckles seems very reasonable to me. I'm guessing that most of you guys who said its easier to play after crackign your knuckles have been doign so for a few years, and what your doign to make it easier to play is probably what you doing to make it harder to play in the first place. Here's what is happening when you crack your knuckles-
    The pressure produced in the joint from your "cracking" them pops a small capsule of fluid that sits between your bones in the joint. That "cracking" sound is the sound of that capsule popping, quickly followed by your bones colliding. After your crack your knuckles, there is less material (no capsule of fluid) in the joint so it feels a little easier to move your fingers. However, that packet of fluid now has to reform, and there no longer anything between your bones but cartalige and some fibers- the capsule cushins your joints. Over time, the rubbing of the cartilage togather in the joint causes irratation in the joint and the body makes more cartilage to cushion the joint. Subsequently, the joint gets more full of stuff, only its not an elastic fluid packet, and movement is more painful and difficult do to the blockage. This is also why most people who crack their knuckles regularly have large knuckles. I used to be really bad about it and do it several times a day- I can't even wear a ring now. I'm hoping my knuckles go back to normal size eventually since I stopepd crackign my knuckles last year. I also have limited and slowed movement in my fingers when barometer and humidity is high because of the increased air pressure in addition to the excess cartilage in my joints...and I'm only a college freshmen. This was all explained to me when I was in Bio classes. There have been numerous studies on this and just about every doctor and professional musician I have talked to has said don't crack your knuckles if ya want to play after your 40 or so (given I'm 19). If you look at what's happening in your body its only common sense. Popping and cracking noises are never a positive thing when tehy are coming from your body- it always means somethign is grinding, colliding, or rupturing. Smoke for 20 years adn you'll probably get lung cancer- pop your knuckles for 20 years adn you'll probably get artharitis. Not bashing anyone or nothin, just trying to be informative. Talk to a joint specialist if this doesn't seem valid. :)
  19. 5stringDNA


    Oct 10, 2002
    Englewood, CO
    I'd like to see the evidence Brad- I've never heard anyoen say that it conclusively doesn't cause it. :)