Another question from a reader. And this isn’t the first time I have seen this problem pop up. Read on and find out what to do about it.
well i have a question for you,
after a handstand practice i get wrist pain over the back of my wrist and sometimes on the sides the pain shows up while stress the wrist on pushups/ handstand position and sometimes on Ulnar Deviation and Radial Deviation
what can i do about it, maybe there are exercises that can strengthen my wrists and tendon ??
Let me first start of saying I am not a doctor. That may be obvious but I cannot diagnose what the problem is exactly, especially over the internet.
Hand Balancing takes a large degree of hand, wrist, and finger strength and flexibility. Not everyone has the flexibility to keep their hand back 90 degrees which is necessary to do a handstand.
I should say, not everyone starts of with this flexibility. But it can be gained through persistent effort.
Back in High School I suffered an injury to my right wrist. I would get shocked with pain any time I hit someone with my hands and had to get a special cast device made to help me out. Unfortunately it did affect my playing.
When I first started with handstands about a year after, I could not jump right into a handstand. In fact I still usually don’t. I take the time to stretch my wrists through flexion and extension. This primes them for any handstand work.
Even now my right wrist is less flexible than my right, but it has gotten better by leaps and bounds since then.
If holding a handstand causes to much pain then you will need to start at a manageable level and build from there. Pain is a sign you are pushing past your limits.
Do pushups or the pushup position cause you the same pain?
Wherever you need to start, go from there. It may take time but you will build the strength and flexibility to survive all hand balancing without the slightest discomfort.
Good Luck and Good Hand Balancing,
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