View Full Version : Re: "Cracking Joints" - review article

Greg Kawchuk
04-03-1997, 09:46 AM

This article is an excellent review of this topic:

The audible release associated with joint manipulation.
Jmpt (Journal of Manipulative & Physiological Therapeutics).
18(3):155-64, 1995 Mar-Apr. (40 ref)

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Greg Kawchuk D.C., M.Sc.
Clinician, University Health Services
Ph.D. Student, McCaig Centre for Joint Injury and Arthritis Research

On Thu, 3 Apr 1997, David Clarke wrote:

> Dear biomch-l readers:
> The following is for my own interest. I frequently "crack" my knuckles,
> knees, ankles, elbows, etc. The "school-yard" explanation that I've
> heard is that I'm releasing nitrogen gas from the blood. Any truth to
> that? Does anyone know the mechanism behind this?
> Incidently, I find that if I don't "crack" my knees frequently (4 or more
> times per hour), then I find flexion/extension to be a very odd
> sensation. Not painful, just a little stiff.
> Can I develop arthritus year from now because I continue to do this to my
> body? I've heard both yes and no.
> Any insight would be appreciated.
> Thanks,
> David Clarke
> Engineering Student
> Memorial University of Newfoundland
> St. John's, NF
> Canada