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Writers cramp Homeopathic treatment



Writer's cramp also called mogigraphia causes spasm or cramps affecting certain muscles of hands or fingers.It are a specific complaint of inability to write which may occur due to psychological disturbance or a variety of diseases such as joint disease, carpal tunnel syndrome etc.
Writer's cramp is a form of task-specific focal dystonia.It is an involuntary, sustained muscle contraction causing twisting movements and abnormal postures. Focal dystonia means only one body part is affected.
Normally, an antagonist muscle relaxes when an agonist muscle is contracted. Patients with dystonia have simultaneous contraction of both groups of muscles. Spinal reciprocal inhibition is reduced i.e. a process that inhibits the antagonist muscles when the agonist muscles are active.

Handwriting is a motor skill - this means that early in life motions that result in writing letters are learned and then stored in the brain’s motor memory. Once automated, the writer can then forget about how they are writing and concentrate on the content of the written work. With Simple Writer’s Cramp this automation is disrupted for reasons that are not fully understood. As with other forms of dystonia, this disruption can often be worse when the writer is under stress or anxiety – and handwriting often takes place in stressful situations such as examinations or demanding jobs. However, some people find that by relaxing and/or changing the way they write they can cope better with this problem.

Causes of Writers cramp

Writer's cramp frequently affects persons who write a great deal or perform other repetitive hand movements such as typing.
In case of musicians a similar focal dystonia is seen due to common task specificity. These focal dystonia may be due to abnormalities in the basal ganglion or due to sensorimotor cortex malfunction in the brain.
Five to ten percent report an accident or injury to the hand or arm immediately preceding the onset of symptoms.
Due to psychological disturbance.
Due to joint diseases such as carpal tunnel syndrome, Parkinson's disease.
Several possible, but rare, associations have been reported cortical tumors, arteriovenous malformations (AVMs), and stroke. However, most cases are idiopathic.

Homoeopathic Treatment:

Homeopathic approach is different from conventional mode of treatment. Here the totality of the symptoms is considered and some peculiar, strange, rare symptoms which are present only in that individual are given importance.

After administering homeopathic medicines gradually the pain will reduce considerably. The person will feel comfortable in writing, tremors will be less. As homeopathic medicines act on the mental level the patient will start feeling fresh. His anxiety, stress will reduce and the patient will over all feel better.

There are many homeopathic remedies which are very effective in relieving the spasms, pain and cramps occurring in patients suffering from Writer's cramp. Homeopathic approach is different from conventional mode of treatment. Here the totality of the symptoms is considered and some peculiar, strange, rare symptoms which are present only in that individual are given importance.

After administering homeopathic medicines gradually the pain will reduce considerably. The person will feel comfortable in writing, tremors will be less. As homeopathic medicines act on the mental level the patient will start feeling fresh. His anxiety, stress will reduce and he will be better

Symptoms of Writers cramp

Common symptoms include excessive gripping of the pen, flexing of muscles, and abnormal movement of the wrist or elbow. The individual would often find it difficult to hold on to the pen and keeps dropping the pen. Mild discomfort may occur in the fingers, wrist, or forearm. It affects people between the ages of 30 and 50 years, both men and women. A similar situation can be observed in musicians playing certain instruments, typists and golfers. While it is not fatal or life threatening in any way, it definitely can be a chronic disorder and how it progresses after that is difficult to tell. As is with other diseases, the sooner it is treated, lesser will be the complications and after effects.

Two basic types of writer's cramp have been described:

Simple Writer’s Cramp: People with simple writer's cramp have difficulty with only one specific task. For example, if writing activates the dystonia, as soon as the individual picks up a pen--or within writing a few words, dystonic postures of the hand begin to impede the speed and accuracy of writing.

Dystonic writer’s cramp: In dystonic writer's cramp, symptoms will be present not only when the person is writing, but also when performing other activities, such as shaving, using eating utensils, applying make-up.

Common symptoms include:

- Excessive gripping of a pen or utensil

- Flexing of the wrist

- Elevation of the elbow

- Occasional extension of a finger or fingers causing the utensil to fall from the hand.

- Sometimes the disorder progresses to include the elevation of shoulders or the retraction of arm while writing.

The symptoms usually begin between the ages of 30 and 50 years old and affect both men and women. Cramping or aching of the hand is not common. Mild discomfort may occur in the fingers, wrist, or forearm.

A similar cramp may be seen in musicians as the violin is bowed, in certain athletes such as golfers, or in typists.

HOMOEOPATHIC Medicines(Remedies) FOR WRITERS CRAMP-


Gelseminm
Head remedy for cramps, trembling of hands. Lack of power of muscular control. Cramps in the muscles of fore-arm.

Rhus Tox
Fingers stiff, pain more in the tendons than in muscles. Better from rest (except the stiffness) and dry warmth, liike heat of electric pad.

Aconite N
Paralytic weakness of the arm and hand especially when writing. Tingling in the ringers when writing.

Cuprum Met
Jerking and twitching of muscles. Coldness of hands. Cramps in palms, great weariness of limbs.Actea R
Trembling of fingers when writing.

Zincum Phos
This should be tried when all other remedies have failed. Cramping of the fingers in patients suffering from paresis with the beginning of degeneration of the brain.

Muriatic Acid
Spasmodic pain like cramp on the ball of the right thumb when writing. It goes off when moving the thumb.

Sulphuric Acid
Writer's Cramp, tendency to gangrene following mechanical injuries. Lead poisoning.

Ferrum Iodatum
An excellent remedy for writer's cramp.

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