Cracking the knuckles has been one of the most debated topics by people. Some people say that it is bad while some say it has no bad or good effects. Those who say cracking the knuckles is bad relate the cracking of the knuckles to the development of arthritis and enlargement of the joint on the fingers. Cracking the knuckles was also associated with the development of damage to the ligaments, dislocation of the tendons as well as the ligaments. In order for us to see whether cracking the knuckles is good or bad, it is important to understand the antimony and physiology of the joint and where does the cracking sound come from.
The joints are connections between two bones supported by ligaments and tendons. The joints allow the musculoskeletal system to assume different range of motion that helps us perform various tasks. The joints are covered and surrounded by cartilages and joint capsules. Inside the joint capsules, there is a fluid known as synovial fluid that is responsible for easier movement of the bones because it acts as a lubricant. Since the tendons normally lack blood supply, the synovial fluid also is responsible for providing nutrients on the area.
The synovial fluid contains dissolved gases such as nitrogen, oxygen and carbon dioxide from the circulation. When pressure is applied to the joint, the synovial cavity normally expands depending on the amount of synovial fluid in it. During cracking the knuckles, the pressure inside the joint normally decreases as a result of release of the dissolved gases on the synovial fluid. When these gases are released, they tend to pop and produce a cracking sound. Knowing these, it proves that cracking the knuckles really do not mean that the bones or the joints are broken.
The release of pressure in the joint may have beneficial effect according to some researchers. This is because when the pressure is decreased, fewer nerves and blood vessels are impinged. This principle is also used by chiropractors in relieving vertebral subluxations. Chiropractic manipulations, like those done by Dr. Mohr, your Tampa chiropractor, usually involve manipulating the spine, which may produce a popping sound on the joints. These popping sounds are signs that the therapy is effective because the release of pressure inside the vertebral joints also improves the nerve passages relieving spinal problems such as nerve compression. However, the popping sound that you hear in chiropractic care may be safely produced only by experts and experienced health care providers or chiropractors.
In relation to cracking of the knuckles, it is then recommended to avoid it, despite the absence of harm while doing it. This is because there may also be possibilities of ligament or tendon injury when it is done by regular individuals who do not have enough knowledge on the proper manipulation of the joints. Despite the absence of scientific evidences that cracking the knuckles may produce harm effect such as arthritis and torn ligaments, care should still be employed when doing such. In addition, it is also important to consult a chiropractor in Tampa, FL regarding any concerns on the neuromusculoskeletal system.