Updated: Aug 4, 2021
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Why do I get wrist pain during my practice?
Ok...this is a very broad question and it could mean A LOT of things but I'll break down the most common reasons. If you want me to look at your practice specifically, drop me an email x
Weak core We've spoken previously about the core not just being your 'abs' but encompassing the quads, hip flexors, spinal erectors, pelvic floor & diaphragm. When the core is weak/unstable it cannot help the shoulders 'hold the load'. The strain of the shoulder stabilisers works it way down the arms and to the wrists.
Too much weight in the wrists Similar to the above, this would be when the weight isn't evenly distributed. For example in Downward Facing Dog, all the weight is in the hands/wrist but what we should be thinking about is pushing the mat away and sending the weight backwards. Therefore the core and legs help take the weight.
Not warming up Warming up is always a good idea. Working on the full range of movement in the joints and waking up the muscles; both which allow us to practise safely without strain and reducing chance of injury.
Awkward hand/finger placement A very generic best practise is that 'bone on bone' is the most stable placement. So wrists directly under shoulders will ensure neither are put under too much pressure. Another placement cue that may work for you is ensure that your wrist crease is parallel to the front of the may with fingers spread wide. Remembering to 'ground through the L's of the hands' to ensure even weight distribution as well.
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