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Cracking your knuckles does not actually hurt your bones or cause arthritis. The sound you hear is just gas bubbles bursting.

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You may have seen a lot of people cracking their knuckles magnificently; at times, it feels amazing, the other times, you feel like they are doing a mistake because that may lead to arthritis. But this is untrue – research states that cracking your knuckles does not lead to arthritis and does not hurt your bones at all; it is nothing, but the gas bubbles bursting, when you take the action to do so.

Examination of Claudia Hammond:

People pull the tip of their fingers in order to get that crack sound out of their hands; as soon as they hear it, they feel like they are all charged up to do new things and be more focused at work.

While for some, it is nothing, but a nervous habit, for others, the sensation itself brings a lot of relief. According to Hammond’s research, men do it more than the opposite gender.

No matter what kind of a method you adopt to get rid of the gas bubbles, the noise created is just the same. Whether you bend your fingers and press them lightly until you hear the sound or pull the tips of your fingers, the bursting sound remains just the same.

Does it Hurt the Bones?

One of the biggest things that Hammond focuses on is that if knuckle-cracking is nothing but cracking of your joints, you can’t have them cracked again in about fifteen minutes. Since you are able to crack your knuckles after every fifteen minutes, it means that the gas resettles in the joints and that’s exactly what bursts when you take the efforts to do the same.

So the next time someone stops you from knuckle-cracking, go ahead and tell him about Hammond’s findings and don’t forget to pop your knuckles whenever you want to!