Many think of cracking your knuckles as a bad habit. According to old wives’ tales if you crack your knuckles throughout your life, you are almost guaranteed to develop arthritis.
Other people believe it is healthy and actually good for you and that leaving them feeling “stuck” could cause problems.
The question becomes – What really true? Will you have issues down the line if you crack your knuckles all the time?
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The truth of the matter is that knuckle cracking has not been shown to cause arthritis. It has also not shown to be beneficial. It has been noted that long term habitual knuckle crackers may, in order years, have less grip strength and more swelling in the joints.
What IS that cracking noise anyway?
The noise results when nitrogen gas is released from the joint. The bubbles burst within the synovial fluid. Synovial fluid lubricates your joints much like motor oil does in an automobile engine. It helps to protect and preserve cartilage.
The noise may also be caused by the movement of tendons, ligaments, and joints. When a joint changes position the tendons move as well because they are attached. You may hear a snapping sound as they return to the right position.
Arthritic joints may also make a sound which is caused by the loss of cartilage combined with the rough edge of a joint surface.
The release you feel is the release of tension within the joint. There should be no pain with a joint “pop”. If you do feel pain stop doing it immediately.
Unless cracks and pops are painful there is usually nothing to worry about.
Time for an adjustment? Come visit the office of Dr. Jason Kaster, D.C. 239-332-2555 serving the Southwest Florida area. www.kasterchiropractic.com