I'm afraid I don't see any way that cracking your back/knuckles/neck could have a major negative influence on your life, like reducing participation in sport or becoming a recluse.
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RE: What impact has Joint-Cracking had on your life?
I've always wanted to try Thai Massage, but I'm not sure there are many people in my area that do it. For now ill have to settle for cracking my back myself.
That would be awesome.
RE: Read me!
Ok, here is my comment;
I have trouble believing that you are really a medical student, as there are far too many spelling and grammar errors in your post. I also do not believe that someone studying to be a doctor would be unaware that chiropractic manipulation is just as likely to cause a stroke as self-cracking.
RE: Mis-alignment of the spine
Absolutely not. Back cracking is the sound of cavitation in the synovial fluid of joint capsules.
Mis-alignment of the spine would be a very painful condition, as it would involve some for on dislocation. Either that or it would be similar to scoliosis, again a major condition.
The term 'mis-alignment' gets thrown around a lot by chiropractors and other therapists who do not use good science, but in reality, most people do not have a misaligned spine. If they did they would not be able to walk.
RE: On a scale of 1-10, how bad would you say cracking is?
Joint cracking has never been proven to be anything bad. I think there are far more unhealthy activities. Smoking is infinitely worse for you than twisting your back to make it pop.
Chiropractors like to say that DIY back cracking is bad, and their 'adjusting' is good, but in reality it is the same motion, the same pop, and the same good feeling as a result. They can't target specific points as accurately as they say they do when they make their 'adjustments'. Not to mention that the 'adjustment' does not adjust anything at all. The vertebrae are in the exact same place before and after the pop.
Look at scoliosis, the only way they can straighten peoples spines is with a metal brace installed by an orthopedic surgeon, a long shot from a simple pop.