I am taking a pause right nowlagartija wrote:If you have access to health information, then you know that besides the night splints, doctors often treat the inflammation with NSAIDs. My husband is an avid white water kayaker and has a tendency to have carpal tunnel problems. He wears the night splints when he feels that numbness (indicating inflammation and resulting pressure on the nerves going through the tunnel) and that helps a lot. He has a reaction to the NSAIDs and does not use them. He uses DMSO ..... which never did a thing for me when I tried it for an elbow injury.
You can also use ice to reduce inflammation after you have played.
Visiting a doctor is a good idea rather than diagnosing yourself. They can give you the most recent information on ways to deal with it. The more things you can try, the more likely you will find something or a combination of things that will work for you.
Olarte wrote:30 mintues of anything, especially something as demanding as Tremolo is a direct path to health issues. Please consider rethinking your practice strategy
Best of luck,
In that case it was not the tremolo per se that induced the sympoms I felt that saturday, but the RH position I was working on while doing that tremolo. Tremolo normally does not cause me problem; it is no more than a simple arpegio, I worked it so that my brain (and my subconcious...) percieves it that way, and after a couple of weeks I quite succeed in that way. So now it is easy to do and enjoyable to play. Saturday I had worked the new RH position for one hour, half an hour on tremolo, then I felt my fingers tingling and get a little bit numb....... Of course that new position was thrown immediately to the garbages. Now my new-new RH position implies a strait wrist..... I will begin to check the "straighteness" of my left wrist too....Olarte wrote:30 mintues of anything, especially something as demanding as Tremolo is a direct path to health issues. Please consider rethinking your practice strategy
Best of luck,
Olarte wrote:The trick is to learn where that apex of the curve is for you and then stop while all systems are working at their prime, before the eventual decay. For each person that apex will be different, and it will also change over time.
You are so right....Olarte wrote:In any case, like barefoot running, playing\practicing guitar should never feel like work, never hurt, or stop being fun...
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