Sunday, March 20, 2011

To Crack or Not to Crack, that's the question

Cracking Knuckles.

"There is no evidence that cracking knuckles causes any damage such as arthritis in the joints."  
- Johns Hopkins Arthritis Center

"Knuckle "cracking" has not been shown to be harmful or beneficial.
More specifically, knuckle cracking does not cause arthritis."
- WebMD

Now, I did read that it could be a subconcious nervous symptom,
and that makes sense to me. 
WebMD suggests that whatever your subconcious habbit may be,
nail biting, knuckle cracking, cuticle picking, chronic coughing, or throat clearing,

1. Make it concscious. 
Start trying to figure out when you do it and why you do it.

2. Write it down. 
Make a log of when you're doing it and what proceeds it.

3. Change it. 
Decide on something different to replace the habbit.
Doodle or do something else with your hands.

Do you crack your knucles? (I do)
Do you bite your nails or clear your throat? 
Any other nervous habbit?

I think I have lots of nervous habbits,
but I may try these three tips to see if I can change them.


SharleneT said...

I used to crack my knuckles constantly and did it by pulling my fingers out from my hand. I couldn't do it like everyone else, by just pressing down. And, I had to leave ballet class because my knees cracked every time I dipped! I was just a kid. I'm still moving fine and no signs of difficulty with my hands, yet.

Don't know if I want to keep a log on it, though. That's just one more thing in my day... Come visit when you can...

Leslie Moon said...

My husband cracks his knuckes as soon as he gets in bed. It drives me CRAZY! I cannot stand that sound. I fidget when I'm nervous - twirl my hair, kick my foot, rock back in forth in my chair, rub my lips together, etc.