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Muscle Spasm While Pinning?


#1

So I was hitting my right delt with a 23g 1" needle and as soon as it penatrated the skin the muscle spazed out and was twitching; hurt like a bitch and pulled it out right when it happened. I hav'nt hit delts since. I just started using delts in addition to my regualr quad/glute rotation. Is this normal? Should I have been using a smaller needle? Or was this just a one time freak thing?


#2

It has happened to me plenty of times, I usually don't pull the needle out though, I just wait till it calms down.

If you want to pick a new spot, just pull it out and stick it in somewhere else.


#3

Alright thanks for the advice - I guess I'll just sack up!


#4

How are you injecting your delt?

With your arm hanging normally?

I've heard resting your arm on something so it is parallel to the ground makes it a bit easier to inject.


#5

I give immunizations for a living. I see this very often when the person is not relaxed, or has their arm in a semi lifted position. Next time make sure to keep your arm hanging down and completely relaxed. I hope this helps, and keep trying your technique can only get better.


#6

It was just hanging by my side. I'll try resting it on my desk next time; I guess it will take some tension off the muscle?


#7

I mean I'm not standing when I hit quads!


#8

I rest my arm at 90 degrees on my computer chair.


#9

X2.

Where, exactly, are you pinning on the deltoid muscle itself?


#10

When I pin delts, I kneel in front of my bathroom counter and lay my arm down prone on the counter across my body, then I rest my injecting arm on that. It's similar to crossing your arms and resting them on something in front of you.

It relaxes your delt, and is quite comfortable.


#11

Similar to what I do. I press my injecting (needle holding) arm against a wall for leverage and then inject into the lateral or posterior head of the opposing delt, using the wall to "push" the other arm over. The arm I am injecting is just held "dead" at my side. Almost never any problems with this method.

Nota bene: The further I move forward (ie toward the anterior deltoid), the more problems I tend to have.


#12

Pretty much square in the middle of the lateral head.


#13

You might have hit a nerve. That isn't common with the delt though. Otherwise you might have just been nervous and when you encountered the pain you spazzed out. Either way, the delt is a easy to shoot muscle and convenient and whatever happened probably won't happen again, so keep at it.


#14

My friend had the worst experience ever the other day, pinned his delt and when he started pushing the plunger his pec cramped up like crazy. Longest 10 seconds ever.


#15

Some people just spasm in certain areas my quads do that. I agree with Cortes that the more posterior you go in the delt the better.