Tingley hands

Discussion in 'Canada' started by JimmieA, Sep 14, 2017.

  1. Rossland Rider

    Rossland Rider Adventurer

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    This is carpal tunnel syndrome or at least sounds exactly like it. While I am one of those pill pushing surgery loving MDs referred to earlier in the thread, I may have a suggestion. As noted, vibration is a big issue, so is wrist position. You want your wrists straight on the bars, not tipped up or down to reach the levers. You may need to adjust bar rotation or rotate your levers a bit, it may help. You can prove the diagnosis by EMG testing, arranged by referral from your GP. At least then you will be sure if the problem is at the carpal tunnel (wrist) or elsewhere. Then you won't waste a bunch of time and money on things that won't help. Good luck
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  2. Captain Excellent

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    Another thing to try is adjusting your grip. Most of us grab the bars in a way that will cause blood flow problems, i.e. too tight and at the wrong angle.
    For starters, don't think of the handle bars as a way to hang onto the bike. They are for steering inputs only, you hang on with your lower body / knees. With this approach you can relax the grip on the bars and let more blood flow to your hands.
    Second technique is to change the angle of your arms. Again many of us tuck elbows in tight forcing your wrist to be at a right angle to the bar. As you twist the throttle it forces your wrist to bend and again cuts blood flow off to your hand. If you lift your elbows up and out and at the same time straighten your wrist out you will find the throttle inputs are more like turning a screw driver. A rotation of the wrist, not a bend. Slightly clench your shoulder blades to help support your arms. Bonus with this is much more subtle throttle control.
    It feels odd at first, but if you persist it will become natural and substantially reduce fatigue on those longer rides.
    I learned this at a Horizons Unlimited rally about two or three years ago. It was a 10 hour ride each wayfrom my home. When we arrived I had numb hands, etc. I rode home trying the new technique and had far less fatigue, numbness, and pain. I am now at the stage where it feels much more natural in this position, but I still have to remind myself from time to time, especially as I start to feel that wrist pain again. I have arthritis in my hands and it has been starting in my right wrist too. This small change has kept longer rides as a possibility for me.
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  3. Steve G.

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    I would have liked to offer this kind of advice but glad a professional like yourself has offer d sound advice. I see no need to start spending money on stuff when simple therapy and techniques could reduce or eliminate these symptoms. I've lived with 'carpal' for over 20 years, and simple 'maintenance ' procedures have held off surgery.
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  4. shuswap1

    shuswap1 Been here awhile

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    I'm adding Rox-type risers for positioning and rubber grip overlays for reduced vibes to reduce the discomfort tingle and loss of sensation/control in my right hand...but not till end of this short season.
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