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Old 12-10-2008, 05:12 PM   #11
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Ditch gluten/grains if they are in your diet.
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Old 12-10-2008, 06:15 PM   #12
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Ditch gluten/grains if they are in your diet.
Ah, that's right. Robb Wolf had a post on carpal tunnel and gluten inflammation a while back. Good call.

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Also, I reread your main post. Sounds like overuse. When I used to come back after a summer of not doing gymnastics, my hands always got extremely sore because we would be back on top of them a lot on pbars, rings, phorse, etc. Generally, if you rest more it tends to go away. This happens for both the pink side of the hand and the thumb muscles.

Now, it could be something more than this, but ditch the handstands for now and a lot of the pressure work on your hands. See if that helps out along with all the other stuff that people have said. I never let it get bad to the point where it hurt to shake someone's hand so it might take a longer time to clear up for you.
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Old 12-10-2008, 10:31 PM   #13
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Paralette work hurts my wrist if the pressure is more on the thumb side of the hand (as in planches and handstands; L-sits are OK). I do planche work with the hands turned sideways or backwards. You could try that. It's a slight leverage disadvantage, but it beats injury
If you can find Traumeel (homeopathic lotion) then that could help right now. I know some people who swear by it for wrist pain. Massaging it into your hand after the workout = less pain. I also use it to "open up" the palm before putting weight on it - really knead the problem areas and try to "separate" the metacarpals so that the weight spreads more easily.
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Old 12-11-2008, 12:27 AM   #14
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Ditch gluten/grains if they are in your diet.
heh last friday a friend came in town and we went out to eat. we went to this awesome restaurant that serves these giant spinach pies as entrees. although it was delicious, i felt like shit for about 24 hours. aside from that and thanksgiving i've been pretty clean recently. thanksgiving was more sugar than anything else.


[quote=Gittit Shwartz;45244]Paralette work hurts my wrist if the pressure is more on the thumb side of the hand (as in planches and handstands; L-sits are OK). I do planche work with the hands turned sideways or backwards. You could try that. It's a slight leverage disadvantage, but it beats injury
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i normally like to warm up most hand balancing motions with an elbow stand with fingers pointing backward toward my feet. i'll normally do cat pose, upward dog, pigeon, and planks with the fingers pointing back because i like how it doesn't pressure my wrist and i can really get a good shoulder rotation warm-up before i go into harder stuff.

come to think of it, i don't think i've ever had that bad feeling where the hand relaxes and then stretches while i point my fingers backward. maybe i'll just try to work planches with that position. dunno about handstands though.
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Old 12-11-2008, 02:52 AM   #15
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Handstands are handstands, there's no point in working them with other than good form. But again, the more open your shoulders are the less you'll need to compensate with the wrist.
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Old 12-11-2008, 03:53 AM   #16
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it's finals week, and i'm a kinesthetic learner in many ways, so as a result i normally have to be doing some action while i'm studying. i used to stretch a lot while studying, but recently i've been rolling alot on a lacrosse ball. what i think i've noticed while rolling tonight is that the ammount of flexibilty in that muscley part between the base of the thumb and base of the index finger has significant effect on the amount of pressure that goes on the wrist.

if i really roll that spot out hard and try to extend my fingers out wide and around the ball so that that part of the hand stretches a lot, subsequent hand placement on the floor has a reduced level of pressure on the heel of the hand and wrist. this also took some active concentration to open that part of the hand up while hand balancing.

normally i focus on shoulder movement and it's effect on the wrists, but in the meantime i've neglected viewing the hand as a complex unit. after all, there's a lot of joints in there. with all the focus on foot health and foot rolling, its' strange i hadn't heard more about this.
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Old 12-11-2008, 09:49 AM   #17
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Ah, that's right. Robb Wolf had a post on carpal tunnel and gluten inflammation a while back. Good call.
Same thing happened to my Bro-in-law, Dr said he needed surgery it was so bad.....his sister had the samething and someone told her to give up gluten and she recovered.....he gave up gluten and whoola, no more pain.

Drinking more beer will do that too......gluten is in beer and people forget to count it.
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I've seen bilateral carpal tunnel syndrome go away completely by avoiding nightshades.
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Old 12-11-2008, 12:06 PM   #19
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Drinking more beer will do that too......gluten is in beer and people forget to count it.
i actually haven't had beer since 7th grade. i am considering drinking wine over christmas break though. everybody would flip out if i did. i've been straight-edge since early high school.
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i've been straight-edge since early high school.
We will corrupt you.....as I went to Catholic school till HS...and then got introduced to college, fraternities, sororities and something called a "funnel"...there was no turning back. Probably the reason I never went pro in my hockey career....that and I am sure a lack of natural talent too.
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