- Ok, so I've heard numerous testimonies of the hand pains, cramps
and injuries associated with this hobby, err... lifestyle of ours. I
was wondering, though, what pains, specifically are commonly
associated with cubing? I mean, I can understand why your wrists
would ache, or if your thumb muscles cramp or whatever... but have
any of you also experienced an almost arthritic presence in the
joints of your fingers? I'm really hoping that this is just a normal
side effect of cubing because I don't want to be 19 and already
beginning to get tendonitis or arthritis. If you all could just tell
me what kind of pains you experience on a regular basis, please do
tell. I know about Rubik's wrist and cubist's thumb... but feel free
to go over that too. I love cubing, but I don't want to have a
detrimental affect the rest of my life.
- People might joke about 'Rubik's wrist' but I really think it should
be taken seriously (I think I mentioned this in a posting a while
ago). It is totally possible to develop RSI from too much cubing and
RSI is BAD NEWS!! I know cubing is fun and addictive but it's not
worth your health.
A few symptoms would include burning sensation, tingling in the
fingers, aching (but different to the general sort of ache one might
feel after a long day), throbbing.
All the safety warnings that go with computer use should apply to
cubing. I'm guessing that many of us have jobs where we use computers
all day (I know I do), and then to spend hours cubing each day --
it's an awful lot of strain on the wrists.
I don't cube for hours at a time, I don't cube every single day and
if at any point my wrists or fingers start feeling anything slightly
abnormal I stop cubing and don't touch it again for at least 12-24
hrs. I also have non-cube periods where I don't cube for weeks or
even months at a time.
I have several friends who've had serious RSI problems (not from
cubing though) and it's really BAD NEWS. It's also made me
particularly aware of the these sorts of problems. So, PLEASE,
everybody -- look after your wrists and yourselves!!
- At first i thought cubig would be helpfulinstead of painful. Develop
finger muscles and forearm muscles. But i ve heard many stories
about wrists and thumbs. I havent had anything serious yet, lets
hope it stays that way. You guys be careful too!! i want to see some
good races at RWC!!!
- I think 'moderation' is an important concept here. Doing a bit of
cubing probably does improve finger strength and dexterity, but it's
possible to overdo any type of physical activity!
--- In speedsolvingrubikscube@y..., j_rueth <no_reply@y...> wrote:
> At first i thought cubig would be helpfulinstead of painful.
> finger muscles and forearm muscles. But i ve heard many stories
> about wrists and thumbs. I havent had anything serious yet, lets
> hope it stays that way. You guys be careful too!! i want to see
> good races at RWC!!!