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How Do I Stop Cracking My Knuckles

Cracking my knuckles?

Hi, my name is Kelsey and I have a problem.. (hi kelsey) I have been cracking my knuckles for a couple years. I hate it and I want to stop it. I don't think it does stuff to me, they haven't gotten bigger like everyone tells you they do, but it's super annoying for people to listen to. When I try not to crack them, it feels like they hurt and the only way to fix it is to crack them... HELP!!

How to stop cracking knuckles?!?

I am CONSTANTLY cracking my knuckles, my friends knuckles, my sister's knuckles, etc., etc.

I now even crack my knuckles unconsiously, actually. I do it when there's nothing else to do!

I just need to know some tricks to stop! Please help.. my finger's need it!

Also, does anyone know is actually happens when I crack my knuckles/results of cracking knuckles?

Thanks!
[It's also seemed I stop my habit of constantly using chapstick, and switched it with knuckle cracking! And please don't say start using chapstick again, because that caused me a horrible face rash that needed many presscribed pills and steroid creams to fix!!]

How can I stop cracking my knuckles?

I understand. I crack my neck, fingers, toes, shoulder and occasionally hips. It's a HORRIBLE habit.
The sound that cracking knuckles make is actually not a “crack” at all, but a pop! When your knuckles crack, it is due to air bubbles in the synovial fluid popping.
However, cracking your joints shouldn't cause any inflammation or pain. Please consult a doctor about your hands. Swelling and weakness in my hands were my first symptom of lupus.

I'm trying to stop popping my neck because I'm having some other problems... my chiropracter is encouraging me to stop... said my knuckles, toes, etc are fine but not my neck.
Some tips to break a bad habit

Decide how serious you are about breaking the habit. In addition to a strong commitment, you'll need time and energy to pay attention to your behavior so that you can change it.

Keep track of when you do the behavior. Keep a notepad or journal handy.

Write down when it happens (what is the situation) and what you were thinking and feeling. Writing increases your awareness of when and why you have this habit.

Read and think about what you write down. What does this habit do for you? Is it a way to deal with feelings of boredom, anxiety, stress, anger?

Think of what you could do instead of the habit that would be a more positive way to deal with the feelings or situation. Write down some simple alternative behaviors that you could do instead. Pick one you want to practice.

Try to catch yourself when you find yourself doing the habit and stop yourself as soon as you can. Start the alternative behavior you decided you wanted to do instead.

Aim to do this once a week and increase the number of times per week over time. The more you practice a new behavior, the more it becomes the new habit.

Get support from others by letting them know you are working on the habit and telling them what they can do to help.


Be patient with yourself. Habits are so automatic and unconscious we don't realize we are doing it until we are already doing it!

Be kind to yourself. Beating yourself up is another bad habit to be broken.

If I stop cracking my knuckles, will they get smaller?

When you crack your knuckles, you are pushing the knuckle joint out of its normal position or back into its original position. When you do this, nitrogen gas is displaced and escapes from the joint space. This causes the characteristic cracking sound of knuckles. You might think that this is pretty harmless but it might cause joint problems. I do not know if stopping will help the size go down, but it will help your joints be better.

How can I stop myself from cracking knuckles?

When I am trying to kick a bad habit I'll either download a counter app or use a small notebook that I take with me. I start by just counting whenever I do the habit. At the end of every day I'll record the number of times I did it a day.Try doing this for a couple of weeks and see what happens. What you will probably observe is initially a sharp increase in the number that you record daily. Keep going, this happens because your awareness is improving. After two weeks you will start trending down.For fun I record the number in Excel and after 30 days graph it. It's fun to see the positive trend and it keeps you engaged.Keep going and don't give up and you will observe how you rid yourself of the habit. It takes discipline but it's guaranteed to work. Good luck!

Why can I crack my knuckles non-stop?

maybe the question should be "why do i crack my knuckles non-stop?...sounds like you have a nervous problem...seek stress Relief

How do I stop the excessive and extreme knuckle cracking for my fingers and toes?

You must driving everyone crazy with that habit of yours. Knuckle cracking is a common habit which anyone can develop. If you want to break this habit make sure you are determined to break it. Knuckle cracking is a nervous symptom of something in your subconscious mind. If you want to stop, it is important to become aware of it and to make the conscious decision to stop whenever you find yourself doing it. Try to discover the source of the anxiety or stress.When you crack your knuckles, you are manipulating certain joints in the body in a manner that promotes the release of gas (currently thought to be primarily nitrogen) from synovial fluid. Synovial fluid exists within synovial joints, and its function is to reduce friction between cartilage. When a knuckle is cracked, the gases dissolved within the synovial fluid are compressed and form of a bubble. This bubble then bursts, making that familiar popping sound as it does so. It can take this released gas up to 30 minutes to dissolve back into the synovial fluid - that's why you usually have to wait a while before you can pop the knuckle again.Cracking your knuckles stimulates the nerve ending and stretches out the joint,If you want to stop, then behavioral therapy techniques are the solution. There are two basic forms of behavioral therapy: positive and negative.Positive behavioral therapy includes techniques like reward systems.Negative techniques include minor punishments or other reminders to make the person aware of their habit, so they can stop.Some of the options are to keep your hands busy / occupied with activities. Develop some art work hobbies . Carry a small hand lotion tube around with you in your pocket or purse. When you feel the urge to crack your knuckles, rub the lotion on your hands – it gives you something else to do. Use the rubber band method – When you notice you are about to crack your knuckles pull on the rubber band and snap it back onto your skin. The slight sting you feel will help you to break your habit as you will come to associate your knuckle cracking with pain. Put socks on your hands while watching television or doing other activities that don’t require the use of your hands.

How do I stop bad habits like cracking my knuckles and rubbing my finger pads together?

There is a whole science behind breaking your bad habit of cracking you knuckles and rubbing your finger pads together and there are some techniques to do that, but that needs a whole conference! I will just say that in general, here’s how it works: you need to define the components of your bad habit’s loop and manipulate them.Here is what i mean in a nutshell:Identify the routine: the actual behavior you hate about your bad habit, in your case: cracking you knuckles and rubbing your finger pads togetherExperiment with rewards: the benefit you received from executing the routine, Not in a conscious level, because it’s about what gives dopamine pulses in the reward pathway in your brain which fixes the habit more and more with repetitionIsolate the cue: what triggers the habit. Your brain hates pain and runs away from it, loves pleasure and runs behind it! So mostly it’s aboutPain: 90% it’s boredom and/or stressPleasure: something you enjoy about that habit and leads to rewardHave a plan to manipulate these components in a way of changing only the routine (the part of your bad habit that you hate) and keep the same cue and reward! In this way, your brain is triggered with the same cue and receive the same reward but for a better behavior you choose instead of the current routine.If you need to go deeper in the subject or any other help, I will be happy to receive your questions you can email me if you wantGood luck