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Borath


Borath

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Location: Cheltenham, England

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Posted:Wasn't quite sure where to put this, but here seems to be a safe bet.

I've broken my wrists several times and torn the cartilage in the right one. I experience almost constant pain and will likely be on painkillers for the rest of my life unless some alternative can be found as the doctors have pretty much done all they can. Unsurprisingly, this means that spinning poi hurts like hell after a few minutes and I end up paying for the pleasure for days afterwards.

I was simply wondering if I was alone in my 'I love it but it hurts' boat, and if anyone knows of any decent supports that are flexible enough to spin in. All mine are too rigid.

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vanize
SILVER Member since Aug 2001

vanize

Carpal \'Tunnel
Location: Austin, Texas

Total posts: 3899
Posted:what I would do is work on changing your style - you can move a lot of wrist movement to your fingers if you try. I doubt you can take ALL the movement away from your wrists, but even 50% will likely help you out a lot.



this may mean you have to move your finger grips up a knuckle and maybe even change their design - the self locking double loop leather thong design popular in many part of the states, but rare in the UK from my experience, works pretty well for this - I myself spin from the 3rd (last) knuckle of my index and middle fingers, as it allows extra degrees of freedom in terms of added joint flexibility.



while shifting movement away from the wrist may make your spinning a little awkward for a while, but I bet you can do it pretty succesfully and it will facilitate developing your own unique style!


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The Real Fryed Fish


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Location: state of confusion

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Posted:as for a flexible support, im assumeing you have tried just a regular elastic bandage (like an ACE wrap), you could try medical tape around your wrists, it may give more support, i know i have used it in the past, but i haven't sustained the injuries you have...........

they make braces fo whats called carpal tunnels syndrom, the brace it self is not flexable, but, going along with what van said, it does alow for alot of motion in your fingures, and takes alot of strain off your wrists.........

best of luck amigo hope you find some thing


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Noddy


Noddy

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Location: Lake District UK

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Posted:I torn a cartalidge in my knee which means i cant do any of my running preformaces as good now frown

my advice is to get a support bandage


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Mand
SILVER Member since Oct 2003

Mand

Keeper of the Spitfire
Location: Calgary Canada

Total posts: 2317
Posted:Try wrapping zinc oxide tape (not too tightly) round your wrists.

I have problems with my wrists (not as bad as yours though).
I got physio on them (from a Great Britain Kayak Team physio), and was told to do this for going mountain biking or kayaking.

I'm not too sure what it does, other than give support, but I was told specifically zinc oxide tape. shrug

-Vanize's answer also sounds sensible-


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WryTerra


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The reason we say "European"
Location: Cheltenham

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Posted:Written by: vanize

the self locking double loop leather thong design popular in many part of the states, but rare in the UK from my experience



Good point, vanize! And as it would happen, I have the pair Spitfire gave me. So appropriate advice this time too smile

Oh and, Mand, where do you get zinc oxide tape? Doesn't sound like a B&Q or Baddhams Pharmacy pick-up...


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Borath


Borath

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Location: Cheltenham, England

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Posted:Thanks for all the advice guys; certainly a few avenues here that I'll start exploring. Being winter and cold isn't helping things so just laying off for a few weeks might be good for now, but I'll start trying to find out what works best next year.

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Gnor
BRONZE Member since Mar 2003

Gnor

Carpal \'Tunnel
Location: Perth

Total posts: 5814
Posted:Some of the kids I have taught have automatically put the loops over the wrist itself and spun from there. Maybe try anchoring it at your wrist with an extra long loop handle and / or having the cord come through your fingers. I just tried it with flags and it kind of worked. will limit some stuff but with Vanizes style suggestions its an option. The only problem may be that its not easy to slip off quick if you plan to use it with fire.
Good luck


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vanize
SILVER Member since Aug 2001

vanize

Carpal \'Tunnel
Location: Austin, Texas

Total posts: 3899
Posted:actually it is pretty easy to get them off - a bit slower than non-locking ones, but all you have to do is flex your fingers a couple times and they loosen completely, and this can be done very quickly.



the beauty of the design is that the faster you spin, the tighter they become because of centrifugal force, but once you stop spinning, the centrifugal force is gone and they are once again not tight.


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coleman
SILVER Member since Aug 2002

coleman

big and good and broken
Location: lunn dunn, yoo kay

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Posted:Written by: Quix

Oh and, Mand, where do you get zinc oxide tape? Doesn't sound like a B&Q or Baddhams Pharmacy pick-up...



boots.

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WryTerra


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The reason we say "European"
Location: Cheltenham

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Posted:ahhh thankies coleman smile

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