Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Joint Loading for Fingers and Toes

You can generate a lot of pressure with your fingers and hands.  The problem is some bones are just too big to rely on your fingers for.  Performing Lateral Synovial Joint Loading on your fingers and toes takes a lot of time but if you want to get longer fingers and toes this is the way to do it.  What's interesting about the fingers and toes is that the last bone at the very end of each of these mini-appendages is a long bone but the end is completely covered by periosteum?  I think this may be the mechanism as to why instrument players can get longer fingers.  All the methods for increasing short bone length are available to this kind of long bone.  Thus, repetitive impact forces can increase periosteal width and increase osteoblast bone deposition below the periosteum.  There's not any studies on this and it would be hard to find good, anecdotal reports of instrument players only growing the tips of their fingers but I think this is a good explanation.

The three parts of your non-thumb fingers.  Replace the close hanger used with your fingers to perform this.  I'd say 30seconds to a minute is a good duration.  I am not doing this yet because it obviously takes a long time.  I am focusing on the legs right now.

Only two bones in the thumb.  Remember use your fingers to pinch not the clotheshanger.

Toes and Big toe same thing.


  1. i would simply bite each finger joint for 30s instead. i think it is much quicker.

  2. hey tyler,
    i read up about microstrain theory regarding bone remodelling. Though i am not sure if its related to LSJL, they did mention that dynamic mechanical forces induce more bone remodelling compared to static loads.

    Perhaps this tells us that when we do LSJL. we should have more repetition with varying intensity rather than placing the load on the targeted area in a static position.

    Aniway, have you gained any further results or receive any updates from experimenters like urself? Thanks

  3. wow dude you're a joke!!! someone else should try to prove the joint loading technique

  4. Annonymous 1: Not sure if serious but don't underestimate how much pressure you can generate with pinching. If you want to perform joint loading on fingers and toes this is the way to do it.

    Annonymous 2: Most joint loading methods are dynamic. Tapping especially but any form of compression is dynamic as you are gradually compressing the end of the bone more and more. If you want to make LSJL more dynamic, gradually increase the compression force on the bone.

    Annonymous 3: I've been impressed by how people like Jory have taken the ball and ran with it. I would be glad if someone proved LSJL although I would obviously like some benefit. Just because I found the LSJL study first and publicized it first doesn't mean my opinion is more valid than anybody elses. If you disagree with something, by all means try to improve upon it.

  5. i guess he meant no offense haha..anonymous just find it weird why do you want to lengthen your fingers..i personally feel it looks kinda like foot reflexology..awkward but the science behind it explains..

    i am going to out LSJL with a 35 lbs kettlebell which has a flat surface...btw, tyler do u load the whole joint or just the epiphysis of the tibia?

    look forward to your next height measurement. Thanks.

  6. I would like to know the same thing Peter asked about loading the entire joint or just the epiphysis.

    Also, would you consider creating a forum of some sort so those of us reading this blog, and others interested in height increasing techniques can share results, tips, etc?

  7. Can I perform the same technique on my chin/jaw? Becuase I always want a bigger jaw. Thanks!

  8. Hello Tyler,
    first I want to say thank you for this blog :D

    second, how about you make a post with statistics over people who tried LSJL and how much height they've gained? :)