Finger-snapping: Harmful Or Not?

Snapping your fingers is something that you might do a lot, and you may know someone who does it a lot as well. There are different opinions on what constitutes “finger-snapping”. For some, it is a very unpleasant sound; for others, it is the contrary. One says, “It’s terrible, and you should stop immediately,” while the other states, “It doesn’t hurt. It’s time to learn more about finger-snapping and whether it’s good or not.

What Is Finger-snapping?

When you snap your fingers, the joints come apart very quickly. This creates a “popping” sound. Many people perceive this sound as very unpleasant because it reminds them of bones cracking. However, this has nothing to do with bones. The sound is distinctive, but in many cases, inaudible.

Even today, it is not 100% clear what makes this sound. Most likely, however, the sound is caused by pressure on the joint capsule. In other words, there is a bubble inside the joint that is suddenly pulled out. This is probably what makes the sound when you snap your fingers.

Right after you snap your fingers, you’ll notice that you can’t do it again right away. It takes some time for a new bubble to form. This process can take another 20 minutes or so.

Why Do People Snap Their Fingers?

There are many reasons why people snap their fingers. The most common reason is sensory. Some people feel that their joints feel more comfortable. Whether or not this actually happens is yet to be proved. However, if you feel relieved, it may actually be a placebo effect that gives you relief.

Some people also say they snap their fingers because it is a pleasant sound, while others disagree completely.  Also, it may just be a habit. For example, when you have to wait for something, or when you have to think hard. It can also be a habit to snap your fingers when stressed or nervous. For instance, think of how anxious you feel before a job interview or a first date. This might be the reason for many people to snap their fingers.

Is Snapping a Bad Thing?

There is no evidence that snapping is painful or can cause arthritis. According to a 2017 article published in the renowned Swiss medical journal, the currently available research does not allow us to conclude that it causes harm.

So, overall, we can conclude that it is not a bad thing most of the time. Of course, some people may not want to do it in exceptional cases, but snapping your fingers does not interfere with the process in everyday situations.

Finger snaps

Finger snaps

Are There Any Side Effects?

Arthritis is always mentioned as a side effect of finger snapping. However, we can conclude that this is not the case with the current knowledge. Also, there are no known side effects of finger-snapping (in a healthy way). Theoretically, it could mean pulling your finger out of the socket, but that is not likely to happen any time soon.

Do you already have arthritis or other hand ailments? If so, it is advisable to consult your doctor. We also recommend that you consult your doctor if you experience any unexpected side effects from snapping. There may be diseases that can cause side effects.

Difference Between Snapping and Cracking Fingers

There is a big difference between cracking and finger snapping. Cracking your fingers means that the bones are rubbing against each other. As you have just read, there is only a bubble between the joints in the case of snapping.

However, if you have any concerns or doubts troubling you about this, we suggest that you contact your doctor. There may be an (underlying) condition that you do not know about.

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