Hand Pain

Two Ways to Ease Writer’s Cramp

In dystonic writer’s cramp, symptoms will be present not only when you’re writing, but also when performing other activities, such as shaving, using eating utensils or applying make-up.


There are a number of things that might be a problem with your current writing position:

  • Writing posture e.g. a twisted or bent body
  • A painful pen hold or twisted wrist
  • An unnatural arm position such as a raised elbow
  • Pressing too hard on fingers or paper
  • An incorrect paper position leading to uncomfortable twisted wrists and poor posture.

These problems can sometimes be seen better if another person photographs or videos you writing.

Possible solutions:

  • Sit in a good support your chair with feet firmly on the ground, bottom well back in chair, back leaning slightly forward and table height half of your height.
  • Before writing, release any tension e.g. shrug the shoulders, shake the wrists and take a couple of deep breaths.
  • The best position to paper may be slightly to your right if right handed, or the left if left handed.
  • Callewaert, a Belgian neurologist, suggested an alternative pen hold which makes use of different muscles which work together rather than opposing. It consists of placing the writing implement between the index and middle fingers.
  • Bend your fingers into a fist and hold for a second or two, and then extend your fingers out as straight as you can for about five seconds (you’ll feel a stretching sensation in the webs of your fingers as you do this).


Homeopathy is a form of holistic medicine used to treat both acute and chronic conditions. It is based on the principle of ‘like cures like’ where a substance taken in small amounts will cure the same symptoms it causes if it was taken in large amounts.  Some remedies which could ease discomfort include:

  • Gelsemium:  For when the cramps appear in the hand. There is a sudden spasmodic contraction of muscles of hands or fingers, with weakness of hands.  Jerking or trembling of hands may also be noticed.
  • Magnesium phos:   For when pain occurs along with contracted muscles in the hand. The pain can be stitching, shooting or cutting in nature. A feature is relief from warmth or pressure over the hand.
  • Stannum met:  For when there is jerking of the hands while holding the pen. The hand and arms also feel heavy while writing.
  • Kali phos:  For when slight exertion of hand leads to cramping conditions. Numbness may also be felt along with contracted muscles.
  • Rhus tox:    When stiff fingers with pain more in the tendons than in muscles. Better from rest and heat to area.

To find a qualified homeopath:  Society of Homeopaths http://www.homeopathy-soh.org