Re: right hand tenderness and a bit of swelling

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Posted by Rudi Weeks on October 24, 2000 at 23:00:54:

In Reply to: Re: right hand tenderness and a bit of swelling posted by Brent on October 23, 2000 at 20:22:16:

Hi Brent

If you do not have numbness and tingling in your hand in the area of the
median nerve (the thumb, index, middle and part of the fourth fingers),
it is unlikely that you have Carpal tunnel syndrome.
However if the following advice does not help your symtoms, you should see
a physiatrist (M.D. of physical medicine) or find a Physical or Occupational
Therapist with the CHT (Certivied Hand Specialist) designation. Otherwise
you are not likely to get much satisfaction from just any M.D.

My technique advice:
Just as in the left hand, it is important to keep the wrist of the right hand
as straight as possible. The greater the angle of your wrist the greater the
friction on the tendons moving back and forth through the joint.
Rest your right hand in position on the bass. Don't even think about
playing. Do not flatten your palm across the bass strings. Allow the
tendons, muscles and elastin (the elastic connective tissue membrane that
connects all muscles, tendons and organs) to influence the natural cupping
position of your palm.
Do not rest too heavily on the body of the bass with the underside of your
forearm. Doing so will restrict blood flow and necessitate excessive bending
of the wrist in order to reach down for the strings. Such contortions will
constrict tendon movement and increase the probability of repetitive motion
injury. To avoid this underarm pressure on the bass, you will need to bring
your elbow up and slightly forward. This position will also enable you to
straighten you wrist.
Also be sure that you are not using excessive (unnecessary) motions for the
stroke motions of each note you play.

Good luck.
Keep me posted on your progress with this

Rudi Weeks

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