#1
Just how many people here crack their knuckles or neck or whatever? I got to thinking today that surely when I crack my knuckles it's bad for my guitar playing in the long run, and I just wanted to ask some of you your thoughts on it. From a guitarists standpoint anyway, surely it's a bad idea.

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uh huh, i do it loads, usually i set of the rest of the class as well.

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Yeah, in the long run it can loosen your grip. Won't be for awhile though. I 've done it for a while now and I can feel it's doing damage, so you might wanna stop if you are serious about your playing.
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Oh no, I'm not deadly serious about my playing, serious enough because I'm in a band, but I was just more curious than anything.
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i do, and for the record. it doesnt cause arthiritus (sp?)

and for the guy who asked, all your doing is releasing nitrogen bubbles in the joints
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i do, and for the record. it doesnt cause arthiritus (sp?)

and for the guy who asked, all your doing is releasing nitrogen bubbles in the joints

Advisor for the arthritis foundation type thing for the U.K said it may not cause arthritis, but if you don't wanna drop your pint when your older you may wanna stop.

It doesn't cause too much damage but it is not particularly good for you,, and it is pretty useless, so I'm just saying people who need real good dexterity for life might consider stopping. I probably won't, but I'll be dead long before it has any serious effects on my joints so it doesn't really matter for me.
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it might cause some grip strength loss over time. Don't do it daily :p
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and for the guy who asked, all your doing is releasing nitrogen bubbles in the joints

That doesn't sound like a good thing...
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Advisor for the arthritis foundation type thing for the U.K said it may not cause arthritis, but if you don't wanna drop your pint when your older you may wanna stop.

It doesn't cause too much damage but it is not particularly good for you,, and it is pretty useless, so I'm just saying people who need real good dexterity for life might consider stopping. I probably won't, but I'll be dead long before it has any serious effects on my joints so it doesn't really matter for me.


Yea true. same here really, sometimes i have to do it though, i get more freedom in my fingers
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it might cause some grip strength loss over time. Don't do it daily :p


bugger, i click my knuckles/neck hourly
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That doesn't sound like a good thing...


it might have been hydrogen bubbles, but its harmless
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Because of this thread I now have a compulsive urge to crack all my knuckles.

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Yea true. same here really, sometimes i have to do it though, i get more freedom in my fingers

True true, I can just feel it sometimes that I should crack them and I can't stop myself!! They feel looser afterwards . . .
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I do it multiple times a day. I never thought it was that bad. Don't piano players do it all the time to loosen their fingers? how can cracking your neck cause grip problems
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it might have been hydrogen bubbles, but its harmless
I'll take your word for it.
Still, I don't do it, makes my fingers feel less flexible.
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True true, I can just feel it sometimes that I should crack them and I can't stop myself!! They feel looser afterwards . . .


Same here, I sometimes do it before playing, if I start playing without doing so, then my fingers just lock and it goes all pear shaped, but if I click, I gain more dexterity and pull things off better. It also helps if your hands are cold

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#19
Terrible habit that I will never break and live with it the rest of my life.

But it's not a big deal.
#22
I hate the sound of people cracking their joints. My friend clicks his neck, fingers and knees just to annoy me. Can't be good for him, really.
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I hate the sound of people cracking their joints. My friend clicks his neck, fingers and knees just to annoy me. Can't be good for him, really.


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What happens when you crack your neck, like why is it bad?
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#26
its not bad for you
its just the cartillage rubbing together
does not cause arthuritis
ive been told by a doctor
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#27
I have hyper-mobility (Double Jointed) where I can bend my fingers backwards but I MUST crack my knuckles because my fingers are always stiff
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OK, to everyone asking questions about the neck: I didn't mean to include that in my original post, I meant just fingers, from a guitarist's standpoint. Sorry about any confusion.
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#32
I crack my fingers, and my toes, but that's it.

I don't really care if I start dropping my pint when I'm like, 70, because I'll probably be dead before then anyway

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#34
All fingers, wrists, elbows, shoulder, neck, spine, knees, ankle, all toes...

Yea as has been previously said I checked with my fisio and it doesn't do any harm, not going to cause authritis etc.

It shouldn't affect you later on...
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#35
i do it loads
it's completely harmless
though my gf hates the sound of it

as some has already said, its just releasing the build up of nitrogen
does nothing bad to you

doesnt cause arthritis or damage your joints in any way



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#36
i crack my knuckles, my toes, my elbows, my ankles, my shoulders, and my knee caps...

something bad is bound to happen
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#38
I crack my fingers, neck, and toes. I find that they get too stiff if I don't.

And chewing sugar-free gum actually can help clean your teeth. Not as a substitute for brushing, though. And minty gum makes your breath not reek. And niccotine (sp?) gum helps people quit smoking. So it can't be that bad.
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#39
I can get 26 cracks out of my hands on a near hourly basis.
I can also crack my neck, but that cracks a random amount, I usually get 3/4 each side.

I can do my toes from time to time too...
And my elbows....
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