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CICELY360 Posts: 2,718
2/26/12 3:55 P

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I've never had problems with the sticks. They are so lightweight. I hope your wrist improves. Make sure you are holding the sticks properly.

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2/24/12 11:46 A

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With proper form and control, the Toning sticks can become a very useful tool to improving your health.

Not to mention, they add that FUN factor! :)

Zumba ON, Ladies!!!

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4/13/11 10:28 P

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I have not used my toning sticks and I am glad I read these posts. Hope you get better soon and please keep us posted on your wrists.

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Just wondering what the progress was on your wrists?

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12/29/10 10:28 A

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Hello, ONLINEASLLOU,

I will be careful. Thank you.

I do understand what you mean once a joint is damage there is never really a full recovery. I had a 80% rotators cuff tear and a 30% bicep tear to my dominant right shoulder July of 2009. And although I had surgery on it in February 2010 there is much I am not able to do with it and never will. And yes the pain in that joint does flare up time to time. Like you said it is probably a life time pain.

Keep Zumbaing!!! Take care

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As for my workouts, FORGET THE "No pain, No gain." this does not work for me. "I will do it until I'm sore, and then I will soar!"


 
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12/28/10 9:34 P

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Thanks for the well-wishes, Annesylvia. I think I was particularly vulnerable to the wrist problems because of my long-term, heavy computer use and having broken one of my wrists several years ago. The use of the toning sticks probably just pushed me over the edge.

For the past couple of weeks, I've been wearing splints on both wrists whenever I am on the computer (several hours a day) and will probably have to do that for the rest of my life. I also wear them after doing anything strenous with my hands/wrists (e.g. long distance driving, snow shoveling, etc.)

While the pain in my hands and fingers has improved considerably, things are still not perfect and I suspect this is a forever thing for me. My doctor (who also splints whenever she is on the computer) agrees.

Be careful.

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12/28/10 11:01 A

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I have not yet use toning sticks but I am sure glad I read this discussion. I will be prepared.


Oh, BTW good luck at the doctor's. I hope your wrist feel better soon.

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As for my workouts, FORGET THE "No pain, No gain." this does not work for me. "I will do it until I'm sore, and then I will soar!"


 
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12/10/10 11:15 A

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HI,
I teach many ZUMBA Clases and you need to hold your wrist right. If you overextend your wrist you will end up with muscle cramping or aches. Hold the toning sticks in the palm of your hand, YOu should not bend your wrists when shaking them, think of a baseball bat. notice how your wrist remains in a stationery position. If you are bending your wrists to shake the toning sticks you are not using good form. Keep in mind that you do put the sticks down during a toning clas. You have to rest. Hope this helps.


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12/6/10 9:10 A

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I haven't used my toning sticks yet, but I will be mindful of making sure I'm using the correct posture. Thanks for the post!!

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12/4/10 12:42 P

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Yes, I would check your wrist positioning. They must be neutral- (straight in line with your forearm and without any bends in all 4 directions) and grip should be light. Give it a rest for a few days and even ice your wrists for 10 minutes a few times. Be sure to place a cloth in between so it's not too cold. You'll get better.

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12/3/10 10:31 P

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Thanks, WEBSAM. That's the type of thing I am thinking about. I've heard that wearing wrist weights while dancing, running, etc. can be dangerous because we don't always maintain proper form and alignment with those types of activities (unlike focusing on proper form during a slower strength exercise). But it's hard for me to believe I am the first person to have this problem with the light zumba toning sticks.

I'll be seeing my doctor in about 2 weeks and if they have not improved by then, I will need to see a specialist. I don't want to go to her with a "crazy story" and am trying to some homework first.

I appreciate your input -- and that of anyone else who would like to "weigh in" on this topic.

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12/3/10 9:51 P

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I have never heard of that, but are you using neutral positioning and are you holding the sticks gently? It's easy to grip them hard when you are focusing and working those muscles.

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12/3/10 9:30 P

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Has anyone heard of wrist/nerve damage assiciated with the use of the toning sticks that come with the DVD's?

I got the DVD's about 6 weeks ago and suddenly developed hand and wrist problems. At first I thought it was a repetitive stress injury from frequent computer use ... but it came on so suddenly (and only a couple of weeks after starting with Zumba) that I am considering other possibilities.

I've heard of injuries with using wrist and/or ankle weights when dancing, running, etc. and thought maybe the dancing with the weights might be the cause. Has anyone heard of anyone else having this problem?

The routine with the toning sticks is my favorite. I would hate to have to give it up.

Edited by: ONLINEASLLOU at: 12/3/2010 (21:32)
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