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Posted by Joe on February 27, 2002 at 16:22:09:

In Reply to: Re: wrist exercises..... posted by Ed on February 01, 2002 at 16:33:19:

Ed, you are a jackass. (Perhaps YOU should get a teacher.) Andrew, there are numerous other activities you may be doing that may be contributing to your wrist pain (in ADDITION to your playing). Fortunately, there are numerous things out there that do work to reduce wrist pain- including stretching, exercises, ergonomic devices, and limiting certain activites. I know because I have been a musician for 15 years and a Occupational Health and Safety professional for 5 (and I've encountered wrist pain myself). Try to limit any activities that will compress the carpal tunnel. If you use the computer a lot, make sure your keyboard is a good height and angle so that your wrists are straight and no compressing on a hard or sharp surface. I highly recommend keyboard trays that have a negative slope (Humanscale and WorkRite both make excellent products). You may also want to do some stretching exercises before you play the bass. For these check out:

Do not wait on this or let this go. I know several musicians who have been injured to the point that they can no longer play, and no teacher (unless they are also a doctor or an ergonomist) is going to teach you the safe way to do things or how to treat a repetitive stress injury.

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