Wrist Pain from Bodybuilding and Playing Guitar.


Hi Joshua, its Marius again (the South African bodybuilder and guitarist) you emailed me a couple of weeks before, I replied on the email but figured you did not receive it.

We talked about my shoulders and wrist, well I started training again and my shoulders feel great, but my wrist is killing me, you see I have a cd launch coming up and I spend hours playing guitar, and that leads to pain leaving me unable to even play.

You said I should tell you more about my pain, when last I mailed you the pain was on the outside of my wrist and when I turn my my hand as if to look at the time it cracks and then the more it cracks the more the pain and stiffness becomes, now the pain increased and now on the top of my wrist it is very stiff.

The other day my palm's muscles was stiff and sore and even a bit swollen, my strength was gone in my hand. You said that my muscles are way too tight but that it is reversible.

And you asked if my complaint was about my biceps or forearms, my biceps are fine and forearms as well, its just my wrist.

I have band practice this afternoon and my wrist is stiff again. Please give tips if you can, I am using the super icing techniqe it helps a bit but the pain doesn't go away.



Joshua Answers:

Hi Marius.

Weird. I didn't get that last email from you. Hmmm. Let's continue here.

First off, read through
this conversation. This man's symptoms are very very similar to yours, so it will be a valuable conversation to see.

In that conversation we talk about and I give suggestions for those thumb pad muscles, which explains the weakness, depending on how you are experiencing the weakness.

Let's start there, then move on. I'm not worried about the wrist 'cracking', that's just a matter of tight muscles.

So, read through that, then answer these questions:

1. Tell me more about the muscle weakness. Grip strength? Finger strength? Moving the wrist?

2. Describe the pain in the wrist, very specifically.

3. How exactly are you doing the super icing? How many times a day, how long, etc. (It's probably time to start ice massage, but we'll get to that in the next round.)

I'll get back to you as soon as you get back to me.

Please reply using the comment link below. Do not submit a new submission to answer/reply, it's too hard for me to find where it's supposed to go.

And, comments have a 3,000 character limit so you may have to comment twice.

Joshua Tucker, B.A., C.M.T.
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Aug 24, 2014
Left wrist is feeling irritated lately from work... Please help!!
by: Michael

Hello, I'm a 24 year old male that works as an auto detailer. I also have an avid passion for drumming and bodybuilding. I'm quite certain my job is what's causing this pain in my left wrist.. I'll admit I use my left wrist most often because I am a lefty! (I try to alternate). I don't want this pain to get any worse, as I am trying to make a profession out of my drumming skills.

How else can I make this irritation go away??


Joshua Comments:

Hello Michael.

You didn't leave your email nor check the notification box, so I hope you find this.

Your mechanicing isn't causing your wrist tendonitis.

Your body's inability to do the repetitive work and stay happy and healthy is the problem.

So now you have too tight muscle and connective tissue, inflammation, and nutritional insufficiency (all are part of why your body can't do it's thing).

You should probably check out the role the Process of Inflammation plays.

And the importance of Magnesium For Tendonitis.

And you should ABSOLUTELY understand how the Pain Causing Dynamic works.

ALL forms of Tendonitis follow the same predictible, progressive pattern. All instance of Tendonitis are due to the same primary set of factors.

See: What Is Tendonitis

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