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Uncontrolled Grip Spasms


#1

Ok I'm having a strange problem with my grip. It started mostly when I was doing bicep curls but now it is happening when I bench and other lifts as well.

Basically my left hand keeps opening up on me, almost like a spasm. It starts with my pinky which will feel like its fluttering and I am unable to squeeze it hard down. Then the ring finger will loosen and so forth. I have not lost my grip completely yet.

When this spasm happens I usually have a severe tightness in my forearm on the flexor side.

Could this be caused by an imbalance in strength of my forearm extensors vs.. Flexors?

I believe I remember reading that an imbalance of the protagonist and antagonistic muscles can actually cause the muscles to fail.

Any ideas on specific exercises I can do to help this? its really starting to mess up my lifts.

Thanks,

Josh


#2

ask Roberston


#3

Or Cressey.


#4

I've had this happen for two reasons: overworking the grip and dehydration while moderately working the grip.


#5

No response from the pros yet.

Its definatly not from dehydration, I drink alot of water through the day.


#6

I have a similar problem:

Whenever I bench 225lbs and above, my forearms get so tight and by the time I let go, my hands are gripping the bar for additional few seconds after I rack the weight. My hands are just stuck until they loosen up.

Hopefully some authors can help me and the Original Poster out


#7

BUMP!


#8

Jbodzin - maybe a nerve impingement? I dunno, but it sounds almost like the signal from your brain to the muscles is getting shut down. Stretching the tight muscles is the only thing I can suggest. This is a good thing to go to a physio about.

Wolbarret - I get that too, but mainly with stiff legged deadlifts. I wouldn't worry about it. It's different from what Jbozin's reporting.


#9

This is a response from Eric Cressy

Thanks everyone for your help, and if you have had this happen to you any other advice would be appreciated.


#10

Well I did a little research based on Eric's response and my syptoms are a closer match to Cubital Tunnel Syndrome, actually its an exact match.

Here is link with a good description:

http://www.eatonhand.com/hw/hw007.htm

Thanks, and again if you have had this condition please feel free to educate me.

Josh


#11

This is what my Dr is thinking i have. Right now hes just thinking its impingement and gave me some anti inflamatories. been a week though and havent noticed much improvement...that site is helpful, going to try keeping my arms straight at night


#12

Yeah I have already rearanged my desk so my elbows are straight.


#13

Did he give you any stretchs or exercises to do?


#14

Yeah im in the process of doing the same thing..soon as i saw that diagram i looked at my arms...
ive lost 20 lbs since march, i dont have any padding on my arms now hehe


#15

hey hows the impinged nerves...mine is as as bad as ever. :-/ ive stopped lifting for now even


#16

I have problems with muscle cramps. I take Magnesium and my problem disappears. You may also try Calcium Glucinate, my second favorite Supplement


#17

Hey, Mine is clearing up.

I've been doing these forearm stretches:
www.ruggedmag.com/index.php?type=Article&i=17&a=2

as well asworking with the forearm roller.

Also I bought a thick gel pad that I have on my desk where my elbow is. And I arranged my keyboard so that my arms are straight with very little bend.

And I try not to leave my arm bent for long periods of time.

Since I have started doing all of this I have not had the numb feeling or a failed grip. I started to improve in just a few days.

Hope this helps.