Re: right hand tenderness and a bit of swelling

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Posted by JN on October 23, 2000 at 19:36:58:

In Reply to: right hand tenderness and a bit of swelling posted by Brent on October 23, 2000 at 18:13:33:

You are most likely right on the carpal tunnel syndrome. That is why you should see a doctor.

Continuing to strain your hand will NOT help. The feather touch theory was meant as a temporary "solution" until you see your doctor, becous you made it sound like you where hitting the strings pretty hard. Some people pluck the string in a way that sort of pull the fingertip away from the joint, if you know what I mean, and they usually get pains in their fingers.

As for training the fingers in the oposite way, I don't know. Sounds like sound advice, if it doesn't work, you will get training so it's a win win situation. I have never had any problems with my fingers or my wrists though, and I haven't done any "oposite way training". I do some bodybuilding aswell though, so maybe I get the oposite thing through that, I don't know.

So, for me, training several hours a day have never been a problem. However, I don't play it straight through. I usually have a session for about an hour when I basicly play quite easy patterns and just work to perfect my technique, then I do 4-5 half an hour sets with rests in between (15-30 min) where I reherse whatever new songs I might be preforming later on and free solo, then I finish up with 1/2 - 1 hour to increase speed on complicated fingerings and generally working on flaws that I have that isn't attributed to technique. Then on the days I have a gig, I end the day with the gig, which usually is between 1 and 3 hours long.
So you see, I have plenty of rest, which I've been told is the important step to prevent carpal tunnel.

: I think it is carpel tunnel syndrome.
: Secretaries get it just from typing. From doing the same repetitive motion
: over and over, and I know they arent hitting the key baord that hard.
: so I dont think a feather touch will help that much.
: I have proper form with the right hand, and I dont understand why it gets
: that tingling feeling....I read that you have to exercise the muscles in the
: opposite direction to keep them in balance, otherwise you can cause injury.
: Just like a bodybuilder....If he only trains the chest, and not the back, he can cause hi,self back problems
: So how do you play 4-8 hours a day, and not strenghten the opposing muscle group?

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