Possible correlation between double-jointedness and cracking
I respectfully disagree with your statement that being double jointed means you are injury prone. i have been skateboarding for a long time and time and time again being a little more flexible in certain spots has saved me from being seriously hurt.
The dangers of neck cracking
Good advice JC
I think it is cool when I pop my jaw. It makes this really loud sound, especially when my jaw is tense. It sometimes pops the other jaw, making a "POP-pop" sound. But, if you do not already pop your jaw, I don't recommend starting!
Toes! (and how they rule)
Intriguingly, I used to be able to crack my big toes at will but now am finding it almost impossible, even though I still get the same feeling of rising pressure. Has anybody here experienced the same thing?
What causes the popping sound?
Bud rang in to ask, "What happens when you crack your joints, and is it bad for you?"
Some scientists wanted to learn more about knuckle cracking, so they actually stuck a sensitive microphone onto a finger. They found that there wasn't just one single sound when you cracked a finger joint - there were actually two separate sounds. The joint space is the space between the bones. There is a liquid in this space, and there are ligaments on each side, holding the bones together. As you pull on the joint, you first drop the pressure in the joint space - and the ligaments get sucked in. Once this pressure gets low enough, a bubble pops into existence - making a popping sound, which is the first of the two sounds.
Now this bubble has a certain size - on average, about 15% of the now-bigger joint space. Because the joint space suddenly has a bubble in it, the liquid, just as suddenly, pushes on the ligaments - snapping them back to their original position. This snapping back of the ligaments is the second sound.
The energy set loose inside the joint is only about 7% of what you need to damage the cartilage. But if you crack your knuckles often enough, you can end up with swoll* n ligaments.
Another study looked at 300 people who had been cracking knuckle joints for 35 years. They had slightly swoll* n joints (which is no big deal). But the real surprise was that their hands were weaker - their grip strength was one quarter as strong as it should been!
So cracking your knuckles won't bother you in the short term, but 35 years from now, you might not be able to open a jar of Vegemite!
The following references are given to investigate this further:
o Jearl Walker, The Flying Circus of Physics, by Jearl Walker, ISBN 0-471-02984-x, 1975, p. 226. Jorge Castellanos & David Axelrod, 'Effect of habitual knuckle cracking on hand function', Annals of Rheumatic Diseases, Vol. 49, 1990, pp. 308-309.
o Sam W. Wiesel, M.D. etal, 'Occipitoatlantal Hypermobility', Spine, Vol. 4, May/June 1979, pp. 187-189.
o John F. Rothrock, M.D., 'Vertebral artery occlusion and stroke from cervical self-manipulation', Neurology, October 1991, p. 1696. Raymond Brodeur, D.C., Ph.D., 'The Audible Release Associated with Joint Manipulation', Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics, Vol. 18, No. 3, March/April, 1995, pp. 155-164.
The Penis Joint?
I'd really like to know exactly why the p* * * s pops. I once thought that joints were the point where two bones meet each other. And you can only pop where a joint is located. But none of this makes sense when it comes to the penis. Im sure theres a good explination for it but I personly am in the dark about it. I thought that there wasnt a bone down there, Am I wrong? I would like any advice somebody can give me. Ive been popping my p* * * s from the age of 12, and didnt think it was odd until I popped duing s* x and the girl freaked out like something was wrong. She eventually got over it but this question has got at me ever sence. Thanks for any help you can give on the topic!
I am like you, I can't believe I found a site about joint cracking.
As far as cracking your elbows, I have found that I can do it by doing the following:
1. Hold you are at a 45 degree angle.
2. Put your opposite hand on the wrist of the arm that is bent.
3. Now, while pushing your arm to straighten it out, apply some resistance with the bent arm. Make it just enough so that bending your arm is kind of hard. Your elbow should cracking as it is bending.
I have found that resistance allows me to crack other joints I was not able to.
I love to crack my joints. I usually do all of them right as I go to bed. Of course their are some that I crack all day.
I have learned to crack both upper and middle joints of my fingers (including my pinky and thumbs), my wrist, elbows, shoulders. All of my toes (including the big ones), my ankles (sometimes), my knees and my hips occasionally. I can also crack my jaw, not just a faint poppind of the TMJ joint, by a loud crack.
New to the forum
It's so awesome to find this place on the net! I first started cracking my knuckles in 5th grade, but I really didn't get it down until about 2 years after that. There was a girl in my sophomore English cla* s that would every day brace herself in her desk, twist, and crack what seemed like every vertabrae in her back! Other people seemed grossed out, but I was enthralled. I loved that sound. I wish I could do it, but I can usually only get one vertabrae to crack. Any suggestions?
… I can't believe there's a community for this! I'm amazed (and relieved) to know there are other people like me out there, who feel addicted to knuckle cracking and realize there's more to it than it may seem.
I'm addicted to the feeling of cracking my fingers, wrists, toes, and ankles (I can never do the ankles "on purpose" though, it usually happens when I descend stairs or flex my legs after sitting still for awhile). I have a lot of tension, and cracking relieves that tension. Also, I suffer from anxiety, and I've realized that whenever I'm starting to feel anxious, the first thing I'll do is grab my hands.
A couple things: I can't crack my big toes, is there any reason why not? And I've read about cracking elbows (I actually only learned about that today, when on a whim searched "knuckle cracking" on Google). How does one do this? Anyway, I'm so glad to have found this community, and I'm definitely looking forward to talking with fellow joint crackers soon!
Common core symptoms
I believe there are a couple of core symptoms all joint crackers share:
- Irresistible desire to crack specific joints very regularly. This is the reason we feel "sick". We don't want but have to crack our joints.
- On the root is a regular build up of hard to describe "pressure" feelings in those specific joints which obviously can only be momentarily relieved by cracking the afflicted joints.
- No abnormal x-ray results on any joints
- No inflammation of any joints
- Slight hyper-flexibility of joints due to continuous "over stretching"
- No deformation of joints
- No diagnosis for joint problems by western medicine standards