What is Writer’s Cramp?

Writer’s cramp also known as focal dystonia is the involuntary contraction of the finger, hand and forearm.This makes your fingers and hands to move uncontrollably while writing.

It is a neurological movement disorder. This condition leads to involuntary contractions because your hands don’t receive correct signals from the brain.

Writer’s cramp is also known as task specific dystonia .

Some people report these symptoms right away and some in the middle of the task.

Symptoms usually appear between 30 to 50 years of age.

Writer’s cramp can be categorized into two types

Simple Writer’s Cramp

Symptoms appear only while writing and hampers your writing ability by making it difficult to hold pen.

Dystonic Writer’s Cramp

Symptoms appear not only while writing but also while performing other activities with hands like eating, shaving, makeup, etc.

Writer’s Cramp Symptom’s

In simple writer’s cramp you report symptoms only while writing and perform other activities as usual. But in case of dystonic writer’s cramp the symptoms may show up in other activities as well.

  • Fingers gripping hard on  pen and pencil
  • Flexing of wrists
  • Fingers extending during writing
  • Involuntary movement of hands and fingers

Dystonic writer’s cramp may affect other body parts as well

Causes of Writer’s Cramp

The movement of muscles in your arms, and hands is regulated and controlled through signals from your brain.

Though the exact cause is not known but what experts think is that the repetitive hand movements result in remapping of certain brain areas causing this condition.

A variety of factors may trigger this condition such as poor writing posture, overuse, holding the pen improperly, etc.

Stress can aggravate the condition.

This condition can also be inherited.

Conventional Treatments for Writer’s Cramp

Conventional treatments contain medications that include certain oral medications such as anticholinergic drugs, botox injections, or surgery for generalized Destonia.

Some others may include physical and occupational therapy, rehabilitation therapy, etc.

But these treatments provide only a temporary relief leaving behind the root cause unaddressed.

Treatments like homeopathy will look after your unique symptoms for performing symptom similarity with its available set of remedies.

Once correct matching is performed, you begin to see a relief in your symptoms.

Writer’s cramp treatment in homeopathy involves all natural remedies and is free from any side effects.

Homeopathic Remedies for Writer’s Cramp

Writer’s cramp can be effectively treated with homeopathic medicines. These natural medicines help regulate the coordination between the brain and the hand muscles so that during writing or performing any other activity, your actions are under control.


For writer’s cramp with weakness

  • Weakness in hands
  • Cramps in hands, fingers and forearm
  • Spasmodic contraction of muscles
  • Person feels fatigues

Magnesium Phos

  • Muscles contraction along with pain
  • Cutting shooting pain
  • Shaking of hand

Stannum met

  • Jerking in hands while writing
  • Hand and arms feel heavy
  • Weakness in hands

Magnesium phos

  • Pain with muscle contraction in hand
  • Stitching, shooting and cutting
  • Relief from warmth

Stannum met

  • Jerking in hands
  • Hands and arms feel heavy
  • Weakness in hands

Kali phos

  • Writer’s cramp due to slight exertion of hand
  • Numbness
  • Muscle contraction


  • Coldness or sweating of hands
  • Contraction of muscles
  • Loss of flexibility
  • pain


For a suitable writer’s cramp remedy consult a qualified homeopath.


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Note: Do not self-medicate any of the remedies listed above . Consult a qualified homeopath.