Cracking your knuckles affect your joints – Fact or Myth?
Some says that cracking your knuckles, neck, back and other parts of your body will affect your joins and sometimes result to arthritis. But Did you know? that the sound we hear are actually air pockets in your body, and they just pop when you crack them. Each joints in our body is filled with synovial fluid, a thick fluid that lubricates our joints. When we don’t usually use joint the pressure in our synovial fluid drops and form bubbles (just like other fluids, stop stirring them and they will form bubbles or other noticeable changes), when we crack them they are not actually “Cracking” sounds they are “Pooping sounds”.
Did you know? The process of cracking a joint is called “Cavitation”.
Is it good?
Notice why we need to warm up before doing some physical activities such as jogging? We do that so that our joints will not be forced by our movements, and cracking our joints is one way of doing it. As long as it doesn’t hurt it’s still a good thing, but something in the neck must be done with care because our neck is a very vital part.
So it doesn’t cause arthritis?
As of this time there is no scientific proof of that claim. There is still NO link between arthritis and Cavitation. Although cracking your knuckles feels good specially after a hard day of work, we still need to take precautions, don’t overdo it and when you feel a pain after you crack them then stop it for a while or consult a doctor.