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Masterforger
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I crack my knuckles quite often, mainly because they feel like they need to be cracked, I am sure you know the feeling. The way I normally crack my knuckles is just locking my fingers and stretching my arms, though I can often just move my fingers back without my other hand to crack them. Is this bad for me? I've looked at a couple pages (1) but I want you fellow smart people and knuckle crackers' opinions.

(I also roll my toes over and crack them, is this bad?)

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sourwhatup2
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I have looked this up a few times. Apparently it's not exactly a bad thing, it's just gas bubbles that burst in the joints. Though the only real bad thing it can do is cause you to lose some grip, but that's about it.

GandalftheGrey666
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I always crack my knees,and nothing happens.Our joints are amazingly flexible.We don't need the Big balls from Total Wipeout to stay flexible!

Cranium80
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Funny, the first thing I did when I read your comment, Cranium, was crack my neck. Ah, the power of unintentional suggestion :P


Who said it was unintentional? (j/k) :-p
EmperorPalpatine
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Though the only real bad thing it can do is cause you to lose some grip, but that's about it.

You can strengthen your finger strength and grip by working the muscles, perhaps by squeezing a stress ball.
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to the people who say it gives you arthiritis: no, just no.

there was a study, and the people who cracked their knuckles had less arthiritis than the people who didnt crack their knuckles. amazing, huh.

HahiHa
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there was a study, and the people who cracked their knuckles had less arthiritis than the people who didnt crack their knuckles. amazing, huh.

Pff, studies...

You can strengthen your finger strength and grip by working the muscles, perhaps by squeezing a stress ball.

Just what I thought, nothing a weeny bit of training can fix.
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can

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GandalftheGrey666
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Well,so we came to an answer that you can crack your knuckles.

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I've been cracking knuckles since I learned how to (which was kinda late), I thing it does no damage whatsoever. Even if it did, very minimal damage.

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My thumbs are triple jointed and cracking generally leads to severe inflammation and lots of pain. My left thumb is about twice the size of the average person's simply because of the swelling and excess dead skin. I don't suggest doing it if you have triple or even double jointed fingers.

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I don't suggest doing it if you have triple or even double jointed fingers.


7 out of 10 of my fingers are double jointed and I've never had any problems from cracking my knuckles, which I've been doing since I was around 8 years old.
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Although I suppose if you're too forceful you could damage something...but generally you stop when there's pain.


*grunting and strenuous breathing while pulling on finger...* POP!! AAAAHHHHH.... Phew, that feels better.

like one time i was lenning on a chair and my cracked and it hurt


You cracked what?
xxBoogeymaNxx
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I'm assuming he probably cracked his back since he was leaning in a chair.

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A lot of people tell me that the only thing that happens if you crack your knuckles is they just get bigger.I'm not sure if its true though but my brother cracks his knuckles all the time and his knuckles are huge.Once in awhile I will crack my knuckles, but I don't do it as much as I used to.

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I crack my knuckles alot and I pop my feet just as much. I use to be addicted to cracking my knuckles all the time but I don't a much anymore. I just crack them when ever the feel a in need of popping. I choose to crack my feet when I'm laying in bed trying to fall asleep because it's harder to do when you are wearing shoes for s ome reason. Use to be able to crack my jaw but I can't on command anymore.

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