White it feels good to relieve pressure by cracking your back, neck or knuckles, many people worry that it can cause problems down the line. Consequently, you'll be relieved to learn that relieving pressure is all it does. If you do it properly, cracking your joints doesn't
predispose you to problems of arthritis or cause you to have enlarged knuckles. The popping sound you hear results from the release of a small amount of gas as the bones are moved apart. Slight shifts in body or joint alignment may well relax pressure and relieve stress in the
Slammed Fingertips. How many times have you slid a weight onto a bar or machine and caught your fingers between two plates? Or dropped a plate or dumbbell on your toes by mistake? While the latter occurrence may not be all that common, the former happens more often than you might realize. The question is, When it happens to you, what can you do to relieve the pain and at the same time save the nail? The best remedy appears to be to squeeze your finger and nail for up to five minutes to reduce the swelling and internal bleeding that damage the nail root. The pressure will also help reduce the pain. After five minutes or so apply ice for an additional 10 minutes. Unless the damage is severe, this procedure should help relieve the pain and, more important to most people, save the nail.