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09 Mar 2004

Right bicep "failure"
I do weight training at gym regularly (5 days a week). My problem lies in my right bicep, which is not developing (I'm right handed) as opposed to my left bicep that actually "pops". If I rotate my right forearm to the outside I feel a slight pain. The pain is centred on the area where the bicep muscle attaches at the bottom (nook of the arm), but not the main bicep muscle/head, definitely more to the outside. Someone suggested is might be the "brachialis" - not sure if spelling is correct. I have tried rest (up to 3 weeks), but as soon as I go back to training, the problem recurs. My right bicep is already 2cm smaller in circumference. Hammer curls are particularly sore. Any idea how to manage/treat this type of injury. Hope I was descriptive enough!
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01 Jan 0001

Hi Martin

I have a very good way to work this. My feeling is the muscle being affected is brachioradialis. To test if I am correct get a friend to put their hand under your left pec muscle and test your right arm - it should straight away feel strong. If so, rub a line under the pec muscle about a cm wide and15 cm along - it should hurt more than anything you have expirienced before, but it should also fix the probelm straight away. Let me know what happens on douglash@netactive.co.za
I am meant to be writing a book on this stuff for the gym industry so look out for it in future.

Douglas
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