I sometimes suffer from numbness in both arms. All caused by tension in the shoulders. I have some rather deep seated muscle knots in that area too. The best method that I have found is a long rest from playing, I'm referring to months. After 3 months rest I'm back to normal. That hardly helps progress with playing technique but I don't lose much either. It takes me about two weeks to get back to my previous level. It's far from ideal though.pavan wrote:I also have a shoulder problem, I play hard and have worked hard. However, my shoulder problem starts in my neck, a nerve or network of nerves. This pressure causes a change reaction of muscular spasms that runs from the right side of my neck. I work to play loose, my latest tension build up is on the outside of forearm and behind my scapula. There is obviously no over night cure or easy fix. It takes me about a half hour of stretching and warm up before I can play and eventually I get too tight and need to quit and spend some stretching time. A good chiro treatment at times will give me a few days relief, but it always comes back.
Stephen, I'm sorry to hear this. Your experience sounds very like mine.Stephen Kenyon wrote:I've gone down with this as well now, left shoulder. In fact it started being noticeable last August. While there is no standard explanation for how it develops, in my case I too suspect that it was intensive if not challenging practice without proper warm-ups/downs (preparing some fairly easy Bach to play in front of colleagues at a conference ...).
Progressively over the autumn I found it harder to raise the left arm to playing position. By end of the year I just can't.
Apart from guitar restrictions the biggest issue is that sudden movements can be incredibly painful; I'm no tough guy, but this is the sort of pain that you don't just grit your teeth and carry on. Yesterday was breezy and my hat blew off - automatically I raised my hand to try to grab it - big mistake! This sensitivity can repeatedly wake one up over the course of the night - so I'm even more bleary than usual.
Thanks Cass for your thoughtsCass Couvelas wrote:....Stephen, I'm sorry to hear this. Your experience sounds very like mine. ...
I agree. Majority, the older the less movement and exercise. Do these exercises regularly and consistently do really help!Michael.N. wrote:Not sure I like the sound of that manipulation treatment. I've suffered a lot with shoulder/back issues (not frozen shoulder), largely of my own making and ignoring poor posture, especially when playing. Having said that I've noted that quite a few friends have suffered with either frozen shoulder or shoulder bursitis and they don't play musical instruments. They have all reached that age when things start to go wrong though. I'm pretty sure that the best thing that I've done was to do the physical exercises related to the back and shoulders. I now do them daily, without miss. It's far better than the pain.