TIP OF THE WEEK!
It's that time of the week to share some news, and answer questions that you
had about keeping healthy and stress free!
Cracking Your Knuckles
We all so it, it's a comfort and most of the time habit to crack our knuckles,
backs, feet and even knees. But the cons greatly out weigh the benefits to this
oh so common popping sound.
Cracking joints is the action of moving joints to produce a sharp cracking or
popping sound. The most common form of this occurs during deliberate knuckle
cracking.. It is possible to crack many other joints, such as those between the
back and neck vertebrae, hips, wrists, elbows, shoulders, toes, knees, jaws,
and the Achilles tendon area.
To deliberately produce the clicking sounds, many people bend their fingers
into unusual positions. These positions are usually ones that their own muscles
are unable to achieve, and which are not commonly experienced in everyday
use. For example, bending a finger backwards away from the palm (into
extension), pulling them away from the hand (distraction), compressing a
finger knuckle toward the palm (into flexion), or twisting a finger about
(torsion). The snapping of tendons or scar tissue over a prominence (as in
snapping hip syndrome) can also generate a loud snapping or popping sound.
The long-term consequences of this practice have not been studied thoroughly,
and the scientific evidence is inconclusive. The common parental advice
"cracking your knuckles gives you arthritis " is not supported by any evidence,
but habitual knuckle crackers are more likely to have hand swelling (due to the
buildup of cartilage layers between the bones inside the joint) and lower grip
strength attributed to stretched tendons. It is unknown whether these effects
are caused by knuckle cracking or if knuckle cracking is a symptom, as it
relieves excess pressure in joints.
How Can We Help?
We never want to see anyone in pain, and arthritis can be very painful and
sometimes crippling. Arthritis is not just for the elderly, there are several
different types of arthritis that can hit just about anyone. Massage therapy can
help to relax the muscles around the effected joints and help ease some of the
pain that is associated with arthritis.
A form of massage therapy that can be used to help arthritis patients is trigger
point therapy. NO there is actual triggers being pulled, but this is a form of
therapy that uses pressure points throughout the body to relieve pain and
muscle tension which then helps the arthritis.
A little more about trigger point therapy. Trigger points or trigger sites are
described as hyperirritable spots in skeletal muscle that are associated with
palpable nodules in taut bands of muscle fibers . Trigger point researchers
believe that palpable nodules are small contraction knots and a common cause
of pain. Compression of a trigger point may elicit local tenderness, referred
pain, or local twitch response. The local twitch response is not the same as a
muscle spasm. This is because a muscle spasm refers to the entire muscle
entirely contracting whereas the local twitch response also refers to the entire
muscle but only involves a small twitch, no contraction.
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answered for you!
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