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#2039056 - 02/25/13 03:29 PM Finger Crackers  
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Heyy guys, just wondering if there is anyone on here who frequently cracks their fingers/knuckles and if they think it affects their piano playing or improves it?


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#2039071 - 02/25/13 03:46 PM Re: Finger Crackers [Re: ju5t1n-h]  
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Originally Posted by ju5t1n-h
Heyy guys, just wondering if there is anyone on here who frequently cracks their fingers/knuckles and if they think it affects their piano playing or improves it?


I confess to cracking my knuckles. It's a bad habit that I'm trying to break, since it can lead to arthritis.

Whether it affects my piano playing - I really can't say, but I doubt it. If/when I ever develop arthritis in the knuckles, I would think that it would definitely affect my play then - and not in a positive way!

If I felt it would improve my play, I'd crack my knuckles more. LOL!



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#2039080 - 02/25/13 03:54 PM Re: Finger Crackers [Re: ju5t1n-h]  
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Why does cracking fingers and knuckles makes noise? The noise is from the joints scraping against each other. Scraping joints on occasion is probably harmless, but if it is habitual, it will cause micro calcifications on the joints and over time you will likely develop joint pain from wearing out your joints. If you need to relieve tension in your hands, it is better to learn relaxation and stretching instead.


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#2039083 - 02/25/13 04:00 PM Re: Finger Crackers [Re: ju5t1n-h]  
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The noise is caused by a rapid release of gas from fluid in the joint, not scraping. Eventually the gas returns to the fluid and you can "pop" the joint again; that's why you can't pop the same joint immediately. Now there are some joints that can pop a bit when they come in/out of place, but I think this generally happens with your shoulders/knees/hips and maybe wrists, rather than the fingers.

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#2039086 - 02/25/13 04:03 PM Re: Finger Crackers [Re: ju5t1n-h]  
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I think a lot of people do that as a nervous reaction/habit. I must confess that it always gets on my nerves to see/hear someone "crack" their knuckles... (ouch! smile )

I'm thinking that any exercise that strengthens the muscles in the hands and fingers is beneficial to playing the piano, but not necessarily knuckle cracking. smile

No offence, but this is just my .02.

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#2039214 - 02/25/13 07:39 PM Re: Finger Crackers [Re: ju5t1n-h]  
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It's a myth that cracking knuckles leads to arthritis. Or at least, it's unproven and there is at least some evidence to suggest that it's not true. Chalk that up as an old wives tale.


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#2039266 - 02/25/13 09:08 PM Re: Finger Crackers [Re: ju5t1n-h]  
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I do this habitually and have read that arthritis and other such things resulting from it are myths. If you derive some benefit from the action in the form of relief from anxiety, then go for it (but not to the point that you annoy others, as Rickster has stated).


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#2039274 - 02/25/13 09:29 PM Re: Finger Crackers [Re: ju5t1n-h]  
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On a completely unrelated note (thread hi-jacking alert) my wife complains when my toes 'pop.' It hasn't seemed to improve my piano playing except that it chases my wife away and I can play more!


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#2039297 - 02/25/13 10:17 PM Re: Finger Crackers [Re: ju5t1n-h]  
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To me, knuckle cracking is right up there with nose sniffing and gum chewing/popping/cracking in the most annoying category.


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#2039430 - 02/26/13 06:16 AM Re: Finger Crackers [Re: ju5t1n-h]  
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I do crack my fingers sometimes out of habit, but there are also times wherein I MUST crack it because, somehow it becomes painful or stiff, and it makes it hard to move, and by cracking it, somehow the obstacle that makes my finger hard to move is removed.

This also happens on my elbows as well, and I have to punch in the air which results in that cracking sound on my elbows, and I gotta do that if I want to move my arm just fine. DX

I don't know why it does that though, I do hope it won't produce problems for my piano playing in the future.

#2039561 - 02/26/13 12:14 PM Re: Finger Crackers [Re: Michael Taylor]  
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Originally Posted by Michael Taylor
On a completely unrelated note (thread hi-jacking alert) my wife complains when my toes 'pop.' It hasn't seemed to improve my piano playing except that it chases my wife away and I can play more!


When I need to annoy my wife, I'll chase her and try to crack her toes! haha


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#2039576 - 02/26/13 12:53 PM Re: Finger Crackers [Re: ju5t1n-h]  
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Knuckle cracking does not cause arthritis - it's a myth.

In 2009, a doctor won the Ig-Nobel Prize for his silly research into this:

http://www.livescience.com/9729-knuckle-cracking-ig-nobel-prize.html

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This year's winners included Donald Unger, a doctor who received the Medicine Prize for cracking the knuckles of his left hand -- but not his right -- for sixty years to see if the habit contributes to arthritis (it didn't)


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#2040039 - 02/27/13 09:52 AM Re: Finger Crackers [Re: BenPiano]  
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Originally Posted by BenPiano
Knuckle cracking does not cause arthritis - it's a myth.

In 2009, a doctor won the Ig-Nobel Prize for his silly research into this:

http://www.livescience.com/9729-knuckle-cracking-ig-nobel-prize.html


Great, thanks. Anyway they do it in Vietnam a lot and I don't think there are more than average people with problems caused through that smile


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