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Old 27-11-2008
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Arm Pump

Who Gets it? I seem to suffer really badly from it. Am considering to go and get the muscles in my forarms sliced open to releave the pressure. Has anybody else had this done before? Is it of any benifit? Im talking arm pump that makes my hands go numb after 30mins of riding.
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i'm no expert, but i would suggest, make sure you stretch before a ride and drink plenty of fluid. my understanding is that arm pump is caused by a build up of lactic acid, giving your arms a good shake can releve this a bit, it works for me when i go rock climbing, which by the way, is good excercise for your arms, legs and balance.
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How are your forks? If they are a little harsh it can lead to arm pump.
Well that's what I think. Before I had work done to my forks I found I got arm pump a lot. Not so much now..
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Never ever got arm pump on the DRZ which was as plush as. Get your forks looked at and you'll think you have a different bike (or different arms!).
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tried the forks. have had them redone and they feel great but still didnt make a difference with the arms. Thers only so much water you can drink.
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a deficiency of some minerals can also lead to arm pump -
try some calcium and magnesium , u should be able to find the two together in the one tablet.

there is a very good product called ENDURA that is a powder form of calc.& mag.

it is sold in sports shops also by Ballards

have u considered regular physical therapy such as massage or bowen - this will also make a great difference
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I used to teach rowing, and heaps of people suffer from that, and it doesnt take 30 minutes! May seem like a stupid siggestion, but i always coached people to really relax their grips. It works every time. I know i get it sometimes on the bike, and have to force myself to relax. It goes away almost at once. Hey, try it, and if it doesnt work, then take some more drastic action.
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I use to suffer bad from it, but learned to grip more with my knees around the tank and less with my hands. Softer grips also helped.
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HTFU and keep riding, it'll go away.
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Arm pump isn't usually a lack of electrolytes, that's cramps.
It happens usually because you're holding on too tight which prevents adequate drainage. So your arms fill up with deoxgenated blood.
Grip with your knees, relax your arms and work on body position.
Constant arm pump is a big sign that your body position is all wrong.
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