Wednesday, June 9, 2010

debate on healthy joints

I have to give props to my friend, Charlie at PRO CAMP
He worked with me on a knee injury I had a few months ago
During one of our EXCRUCIATING body work sessions we had a discussion

The cracking or popping noise that joints make is actually a good thing!
You are release the ligaments back to their proper placement

obviously repetitive & deliberate cracking
can cause some damage over time
but if something needs to pop POP IT
release is gooood.....she says with a smirk


  • Escaping gases: Scientists explain that synovial fluid present in your joints acts as a lubricant. The fluid contains the gases oxygen, nitrogen, and carbon dioxide. When you pop or crack a joint, you stretch the joint capsule. Gas is rapidly released, which forms bubbles. In order to crack the same knuckle again, you have to wait until the gases return to the synovial fluid.
  • when you have had your knee in a position for too long the capsule in each knee, lets say.....get's comfy. that is why when you change positioning it cracks
  • Movement of joints, tendons and ligaments: When a joint moves, the tendon’s position changes and moves slightly out of place. You may hear a snapping sound as the tendon returns to its original position. In addition, your ligaments may tighten as you move your joints. This commonly occurs in your knee or ankle, and can make a cracking sound.
  • Rough surfaces: Arthritic joints make sounds caused by the loss of smooth cartilage and the roughness of the joint surface.
  • this is entirely different......and can be helped with vibration rehab on the POWER PLATE. This WBV technique will stimulate the secretion of synovial fluid iin the joint. You can also take a Glucosamine supplement that is said to help rebuild cartilage.
stiff and sore joint due to osteoarthritis
you can see how the cartilage has worn away
and the spurs have formed

this is why we want to watch our form
both in and out of the gym
to keep our knees healthy
and keep us out of pain!

if you have excessive poping or cracking you should see a doctor

There are a lot of noises that go on within my shoulder...the right one in particular
The reason for this is that I have "functioned" for so many years with improper placement
on top of just "functioning" i have played sports and lifted weights and slept on my side

The result.....
A cracking or grinding noise
when i try to retract my shoulder blade
Nothing is actually dislocating but my ligaments and tendons have to move out of their incorrect placement, which has become the normal comfortable placement.....
into the proper alignment
which feels HORRENDOUS!!!
and then
it pops back like a redheaded step child
(no offense i love my gingers)
(& step children)

to see charlie
he will open/loosen those ligaments and tendons up
then I will work with you to retrain/rebuild strength
through corrective exercises

these guys know what i'm talkin about

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