Will cracking my joints give me arthritis?

Will cracking my joints give me arthritis?

We talked a lot about even joint space this last weekend at Yoga Teacher Training.

The reason that we encourage people to move in even joint space is that if you constantly have more compression or friction in one place, you end up with inflammation in your joints.

And inflammation in your joints is osteoarthritis.

Which brings me to the question of whether cracking your joints will cause osteoarthritis.

5 Herbs for Arthritis & Joint Pain

This post on MindBodyGreen is excellent – so many people suffer the pain of arthritis (which is a fancy term for joint inflammation, as sufferers know) and other kinds of joint pain. The 5 herbs that can help are:

1. Burdock Root (Arctium lappa or Arcticum minus)

2. Flax ( Linum usitatissimum)

3. Turmeric (Curcuma longa

4. Nettles (Urtica dioica)

5. Licorice (Glycyrrhiza glabra)

Which inspires me to share a recipe for dal from a Sri Lankan friend – it’s delicious and warming and it makes very good use of turmeric:

  • 1 onion (chopped)
  • 1 cup of red lentils
  • 3-5 cloves of garlic (depending on how much you love garlic)
  • 1 can of coconut milk
  • 2 teaspoons of cumin seeds
  • 2 teaspoons of mustards seeds 5-6 curry leaves
  • 1 teaspoon tumeric
  • 1-2 teaspoons of salt
  • 1-2 whole small red chillies (full) 1 bag of baby spinach
  • 1-2 potatoes, diced (optional) Tablespoon of butter (totally optional!!!)


  • Wash and drain the lentils to remove the sand. Leave to soak in water for 15 minutes.
  • Par-boil the potatoes separately
  •  Sautee the chopped onions and loosely chopped garlic with cumin seeds and mustard seeds.
  • Add curry leaves and chillies. If you want the dahl a bit spicy that split open the chillies.
  • Add potatoes at this point where relevant
  • Add the lentils with the water. Place the lid on and leave for 5 minutes. Stir and leave for a further 10 minutes.
  • Add the can of coconut milk and leave it to cook for a further 10-15 minutes, stirring every few minutes. Add the salt. The lentils are ready when they are swollen and a little mushy. Also make sure the pototaoe is fully bolied at this point.
  • Add the tumeric. Stir in well.
  • Add the spinach until wilted. Check salt and add further if required.
  • Add butter (if you must!)

Enjoy x