I'm new too and I can see that no one has replied to your 'hi' message so thought I'd surprise someone as well as say hi myself. I've cracked my toes for as long as I can remember. I'd say since 1996. I always try to remember what it was like the very first time I cracked my toes and the sensation was marvellous the first time. Like a really exquisite pain. I've recently discovered the joint that joins my thumbs with my hand. It has itsy bitsy cracks but is still satisfying but only a little bit. I would love to be able to crack my own hips and experience the same neck crack a nightclub bouncer gave me back in 1996/97. I was in the Philippines and he got behind me and gave me a massage just to earn a few extra pesos, so I though why not. Then all of a sudden he clasped my chin and head and twisted sharply. I thought he was trying to break my neck but instead I got a plethora of tiny and medium cracks that had the endorphins rushing. He did this in both directions. Ever since, I've wanted to be able to do this or have someone do this to me. Chiros just can't do it the same way.
How does it differ from a chiropractor doing it? And welcome to the forum guys
Very nice to see that somebody had the idea to create such a site/forum!
On the other hand, I can't help noticing that the forum seems to have been, well, not so active lately...
Well anyways, I'm gonna try and contribute with everything I know.
As a short introduction, I'm definitely no recordman, in comparison to what I've seen other members state they can do... But still, I hope I can contribute to the site with my modest experience.
I've been cracking my fingers since childhood (I'm 33 yrs old now). The method I use is: place the thumb of the other hand above the knuckle (where the finger articulates to the palm of the hand), the index of the other hand under the "next" finger joint of the finger to be cracked, then GENTLY pull upwards with the above-mentioned index, until I get a very relieving crack. This works for both hands, several times per day.
A method to get a different finger crack would be, using my thumb to press the first joint of the other fingers, inward towards the palm. This works only occasionally, and strangely, only on my left hand. Maybe it has some connection to the fact that I've played guitar (right-handed) for quite a few years.
I occasionally get other cracks in my back, knees and toes.Some of them are tremendously relieving, some are annoying - but I guess I'll get to them in other subsequent posts...
Hi CAT and welcome to the forum!
I try to check this site regularly.
I can crack my neck, tell me more about your neck and back cracks please.
I'm also interested in your "annoying" cracks - I find that when my neck cracks involuntarily without me trying to crack eg. when I get up or sit down, it is incredibly annoying!
Hi all, I'm new and just had to join as it's like I was being described in some posts!
I have always cracked my knuckles, for as long as I can remember, (I'm 31) and clearly remember the first time (about 11 years ago now) that I had the urge to crack my ankle as it just felt uncomfortable, like there was pressure on it. I was standing, washing up, at the time so don't know if the length of time on your feet makes any difference?
Since, I've had the same uncomfortable, pressurised and sometimes achy, feeling on many joints and cracking them relieves the discomfort. Knees, shoulders, wrists, thigh joints, toes and more recently and bizarrely (thankfully temporary though) my ears, where I felt relief once I'd stretched the skin behind them to get a 'pop'! I have also, inadvertently, popped my neck and spine the odd time, so they were involuntary and not conscious actions, suggesting perhaps that one may be predisposed to poppy joints?
I visited a physiotherapist in my early 20's as I was experiencing crunchy sounding knee's and discomfort in them (many years before I started cracking them) and was told I was hypermobile and the pain was because my knee's went back too far whilst standing unless I made a conscious effort to stand with them straight. Just imagine that little bit of give on a Barbie doll when you bend her knee's the wrong way! (that's the nearest comparison I can think of!). So I don't know if hypermobility may be a common factor in those of us who need to or enjoy cracking?!
I also noticed a marked increase, and it was roughly the same time that my larger joints started cracking, following my pregnancies in 2005 & 2007. I'm also sure that I've read somewhere since, that the hormone created during pregnancy, Relaxin, has an accumulative effect, so maybe it doesn't ever leave the body fully, contributing to cracking in some way maybe? Something to think about anyway perhaps, for all those that have had a pregnancy.
I'm just trying to pin down a rational cause as to why joints would suddenly feel like they needed cracking, out of the blue!
Look forward to 'meeting' you all anyway!
Welcome nice to "meet" you too! Any change with your cracking since you started this thread?
It never occurred to me that there was a website for joint cracking. I was googling stuff about cracking and found this site.
It has been a near lifelong compulsion, something I have done since I was around 12 back in the early 80's. It started with my ankles. I remember it like it was yesterday. I squatted to pet a cat and my ankles fired off like gunshots. It was startling but I found myself doing it over and over. To this day I still do the ankles but have added a few other joints throughout the years. I do all the joints in all fingers, I do the toes, my neck, knees, elbows, wrists, and back. Once in awhile I get a good sternal crack but I am not trying for those, it just happens. I do it constantly. Mostly my fingers and ankles, the rest less frequently but everything ends up being cracked a few times a day minimum.
It feels like a compulsion and it drives my wife nuts. She feels like she is going to vomit if she hears it so I try not to do it around her at all. I did go through a spell of a few years where I didn't do any of it but it came back again. I am to the point where all I need to do is turn or twist a certain way and it's crack city. I should probably stop, probably….
Welcome! I like the example of gunshots, I always liken the sound to bubble wrap lol