One of the chronic injuries I battled with for a long time was my right wrist. I hurt it back in high school playing football and it was never the same afterwards.
This made a lot of what I do really hard.
Try doing handstands when its painful to bend your wrist back. Try doing them when you can’t even get one to 90 degrees.
I tried. It wasn’t easy. Sometimes it was better and sometimes it was worse, but it actually laid me off on hand balancing completely for a long time.
Here’s a picture I took for one of my books. You can see me leaning to the side, with one elbow bent because the wrist couldn’t handle the pressure.
As you can imagine, this caused a chain reaction of compensations in my body, that still exist to some degree today.
At one point I got fed up with it all. I made the decision that I would do EVERYTHING in my power to fix my problem.
And I did!
Through a series of physical drills, topical treatment and taking care of the mental/emotional trauma I no longer had any pain.
And that was wonderful.
It’s still never been as flexible as my left wrist. (Maybe that’s cause I always do these drills on both sides, even though only one side was injured, so I was improving the left‘s flexibility too.) But the pain is 100% gone and has been for years.
Well, recently when I got back into hand balancing I realized I had let things slide back to some degree. Still no pain, but I knew I’d have to work on the flexibility so I could move forward in my skill training.
And that’s what I did.
One thing I found, a principle of indestructibility, is that the further you go in one direction, the more it tends to open up the other.
With most handstands you’re in fairly extreme wrist extension.
That means to balance it out I needed to train wrist flexion.
I did lots of that. In fact, I set out a goal, that I’ve never actually seen another person do.
I wasn’t even sure if it would be possible for me. But I worked with proper progressions (something most rehab work misses entirely) and kept at it.
And when I finally pulled it off, it was easier than expected!
I’m talking about the back of wrist handstand pushups.
One thing to realize is that healing isn’t an all or nothing thing. Its almost always an ongoing process.
Due to the original injury and re-hurting it several times, and the chronic issues that existed for years, it may never work quite like the other one.
But as long as I take the proper action, with Indestructible Fingers, Wrists and Elbows exercises that I’ve compiled and came up with myself, it won‘t hold me back.
And I’m happy with that result.
So I have a question for you…
Are you being held back by a chronic injury?