ELBOWS! I mean really!

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    ZPitcher, thank you very much for your elaborative post on your cracking "system". I'm glad to know your joint cracking helps you to achieve top performances and keep healthy joints.

    It is fascinating how different joint cracking works for different people.

    I would be curious to learn more about your system. Can you give an estimate how often you crack each joint over the course of a day or say a week? Or per hour, whatever unit you feel most appropriate.

    I understand you crack your joints not because you feel a strong desire to do so, but to counter-balance physical strain on your joints in a beneficial way.

  • I agree with ZPitcher that joint cracking can be beneficial in keeping healthy joints especially as I am not a very active person as I do most of my work sitting down at a desk. Alot of people who sit at a computer for hours at a time have pain in their wrists, back or whatever. I have no aches or pain to complain about, however, and when I do get active there are no adverse effects (except maybe sore muscles lol). I credit that to a little stretching and joint cracking.

    Alot of my joints crack, not just my elbows. I believe its because of the stiffening of my joints when I am not very active, like when I am sitting at my computer. When I get up after half an hour or so and stretch a bit all my joints crack or pop. They range from huge cracks in my knees and shoulders and tiny crackling in my spine and neck area. It feels sooo good!

    Cracking also happens when I overuse a joint, like say when I spend two hours furiously writing with a pen or pencil. The finger joints stiffen, especially my forefinger and to get it mobile I have to crack it. This is when it hurts to crack. I'm not a knuckle cracker though, I try to avoid it whenever possible, so maybe that's why I get pain in my fingers then. I find that cracking my wrist makes my hand feel better, so I do that every once in a while as a preventative measure.

    Cracking my shoulders also makes them feel them and the upper back area feel better. I think that there is a minor area of effect that relieves pain or stiffness around the area of the joint you are cracking. Combined with stretching, cracking joints is an effective way of relieving stress on your body. I do caution, however, that you shouldn't force your joints to crack, and that they should crack naturally when you stretch. Forcing a joint to crack can be very painful, and I say this from experience, and painful means harmful. A good way to crack a joint is by stretching, say your arm, and then rotating and while moving it, your arm, to the side or whatever.

  • i wish i could crack my left elbow. the only time it cracked was when i snapped my humerus, and because i'm a crazy little freak, i didn't rest it, and i now have severe arthritis in it, and when it's cold, it seizes up and i get a little t-rex arm. if i cracked it, my arm would probably fall off.

  • Oh yea, I can do that one. I just stretch my arm out, with tension on the elbow, and it'll pop. Usually about three or four times a day.

  • i pop my elbows all the time
    i can pop them about every 15 minutes
    i love popping them

  • (First time poster)

    I started my cracking journey with the elbow–I had been running in a parking lot and fell right on my elbow and had it in a cast forever and then when I was able to move it, it made the most lovely pop. Now I do it all the time also.

  • I can crack my elbows by using one hand to stabilize the arm then add resistance against the hand that stabilizing the arm. It is more of a pop then a crack. I've devolved this after breaking my arm and once it was healed the doctor who set the arm (aligned the bones back up) performed that crack on me and ever since then I "stole" it and now can do both elbows very well, although my left arm (the one I broke) pops a lot better than my right.

    BTW, if your reading this and want to try my method of cracking the elbows, make sure you move your elbow up and down because some spots it will crack and some spots it won't. You need to find the sweet spot. My right arm cracks at about a 45 degree angle in the elbow. My left cracks at a lesser degree than my right. Why? I have no idea. I'm I'm being obsessive about cracking them I start with my arm against my body then move farther and father away from the body just to make sure there are no more pops left.

    Starting out then going in is bad because it's more unnatural. I've popped it going in and it hurt very bad.

  • i can crack my right elbow nicely
    never had any of this knarly pain peaople are talking about

    my left usually wont crack though
    but im double jointed in that arm

    maybe thats why?

  • I crack both my elbows all the time. It has been a bad habit since I was about 11 or 12 when I noticed it. I always had a theory that it started because I was a cheerleader all my life. I think the over-extending all the time caused this. I can crack them VERY loud and a lot of people think its disturbing. My mom hated it and wouldn't let me crack around her.

    I can crack both of them just by shooting my arms out but I get a more satisying one when I exend them realllly slowly then twist my forearm. I can crack my right elbow one extra way by putting pressure on it. Yeah I know it is very weird. I can also crack my right thumb a lot. I developed that one from writing in school and using the pen putting pressure on my thumb. Actually, I think cracking must come from the joints that you constantly put more pressure on than others. However I think it can be learned this way also.

    I am the only one I know that can crack my elbows pretty much at will. I think I attempt cracking every 5 minutes or something, and after a while I felt like I looked stupid always flailing my arms so when I am somewhere I can be easily noticed, like at work, I use the slow extend way so I look like I am stretching and not constantly throwing my arms all over. lol :oops:

  • When i crack my elbows it sounds like changing gears on a push bike.

  • I can pop my left elbow but just lowering my arm out straight and lifting it back up. It pops about 2-3 times each time, this can happen over and over again. Not so much with my right, not exactly sure why.

  • I can crack both my elbows similar to the way tiffster does it. Only I flex by bicep so that it puts pressure on the joint as I extend my forearm out and twist simultainiously. Makes a loud, hard crack too. They will only pop once - but then I can pop them again maybe a hour later.

  • i stretch my arm and put pressure by movin it down and it clicks. Not hard or painful.

  • It's probably my least favorite when I pop it. I hold my elbow and twist my arm and sometimes it's this nasty a*s liquid sound. Not always pleasant. When my elbow pops naturally it feels SO much better…

  • Like many others, I can crack my elbows just by extending them. It usually helps to rotate my elbows inwardly.

  • Yep my elbows crack too.
    sometimes with simple rotation of the forearm/hand, pronation/supination action.
    Recently I have been getting both elbows to pop by flexing my biceps like a body builder, which I'm not.
    I've become very addicted to this crack and keep finding myself doing it in public and accidently attracting attention.
    "why is that guy flexing his biceps" look
    funny , I could care less , crack when you need to.

    ZPitcher i also have a system of daily cracking and stretching.
    Its interesting to hear your story.

  • knees crack but not elbows for me

  • is this a knee thread?


  • it's a thread about cracking

  • @Blaze:

    is this a knee thread?


    lol 😉

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