Update on my wrist tendonitis

by William Buckley
(Long Beach, CA)

Hey Joshua, I've been applying your ice-dipping routines to my left arm since I heard about it on your page about 2 months ago.

Thus far it has given me great relief from the pain, but the tendons are still rather stiff and considerably weaker than those on my right.

I've been taking glucosamine and magnesium supplements for about 2 weeks now, and I've been very conscious of my protein intake since long before the pain's original onset.

So with that in mind, how should my course of action progress from here?


Joshua Answers:

Hey William.

If you walked into my office in Berkeley (update:
I'm no longer in Berkeley) and said what you just said, I nod knowingly about the icing, and then I would feel around your forearm and hand and expect to feel tight muscles and constrictive connective tissue.

First things first. Get inflammation response dialed down. You have done that.

Next, is open up the constrictive tissue. Chronically too tight muscles put constant tension the tendon, thus the feeling of stiffness.

Connective tissue shrink wraps everything, and adds to the constant tension from all directions. And, muscles can't relax because they have nowhere to expand, because they are like a half squeezed sponge tightly wrapped in saran wrap.

This is partly to blame for the sensation of 'weakness'. Some of it is the muscles are constantly working so hard they are *that* close to fatigue already, and some of it could be that the nervous
system just won't allow them to fire very hard because it thinks that it will cause damage.


Massage your forearms and the muscles in your hand/thumb. Dig and stretch, poke and squeeze, sink an elbow in your forearm muscles and open and close your fingers/fist/wrist (pin and stretch).

You could stretch the traditional ways, but I would rather you focus on pin and stretch and self massage. Dig into your tissue and that stretches the tissue directly.

1. Let's see if you have actual Tendonitis damage or if you just have the remnants of a reversing Pain Causing Dynamic.

If you feel around your tendons in the affected area, do you feel any specific hot spots on the tendon?

2. How much Magnesium are you taking, out of curiosity? And how did you arrive at that amount?

3. That was kind of a fast answer. Did it give you an idea of what to do next?

Joshua Tucker, B.A., C.M.T.
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Aug 12, 2009
PART 2 - Update on my wrist tendonitis
by: William Buckley

Thanks a bunch, I'll definitely put that into action.

1. The only real "hot" spot in the whole structure is right down the middle of where the hand and wrist meet, which begins in between my index and ring finger on both sides of the middle. There is a dull pain in one of the muscles running from the "meat" of my palm up to my thumb, and as you said, the rest of my forearm just feels constricted.

2. About 350 mg per day. The multivitamin I take has 100 mg in it, and then I take one 250mg pill just because that was what the bottle listed as its
"suggested use".

3. Thus far it seems to have helped a bit. I've only been massaging in the manner you've described since I read this response yesterday, but it already feels a little looser than it did, so I'm just gonna keep it up and see where it takes me. As far as the pin/stretch goes, how much force should I be putting into my fist-clenching?

Thanks again for all your help. I would not have survived tracking my parts for my band's first full-length album if I didn't stumble across your site :)


Joshua Answers:

You're welcome William.

I bet that if you just keep at working your forearm muscles/tissue, and those ouch spots in your thumb pad and hand, it will get progressively better.

Ultimately, it really is a simple as that.

If there is actual tendonitis damage, as opposed to tendonitis dynamic symptoms like pain and ache, then again, just work it with thumb and/or fingers.

Ultimately, if you squeeze a dry crunchy sponge enough, it will turn into a soft and squishy sponge.

It's a deceptively simple concept.

Ice dipping and self massage. Bingo!

So it will take some time and effort, but results are guaranteed. It's just the way it works.

As far as magnesium, check out my Kerri's Magnesium Dosage page.

350's probably just fine. And, it might be fun to experiment with getting up to your tolerance level.

I've been having constant twitches and spasms and occasional cramping in my right calf for the last 6 months, after not being able to stretch the right hamstrings/calves for 8 months before that, due to a L5-S1 ruptured disc issue I've been having/learning from.

Last week I started taking and worked up to 800-900mg (900 is recommended maximum) a day, and the spasm and constant twitch is gone.

Yesterday I dropped to 300mg, and this morning had a cramp in the calf.

My point is, 350 may be good, but it may be interesting to experiment and find out if a higher dose would make a noticeable difference in muscle tightness etc, especially as you are doing the work to manually open up the constricted structures of the forearm, wrist, and hand.

Dunno. May or may not be playing a role for you. Fun to test and find out.

Feb 19, 2010
by: howard

been taking jigsaw health magnesium supplements for a few years now. good stuff. no more joint pain for me.


Joshua Comments:


Yep, sometimes pain is purely a function of nutrient defiency.

Become nutrient -sufficient-, and the body can do what it is designed to do.

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