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Unread 05-26-2012, 06:20 PM   #1
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Exercises to prevent RSI and Carpel Tunnel ?

Well I'm wondeting what you guys do, what kind of warm ups and guitar exercies you guys do to prevent get a Carpel Tunnel or RSI ?
I never been that fast on guitar and recently I started to learn some between buried and me songs, I already catched up with their speed and I feel kinda comfortable now, but sometimes I started to get some pain on the arm and I stop, I tried to do some warm ups before play guitar but not working or maybe I'm doing it wrong. Any advices ?
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Unread 05-26-2012, 06:27 PM   #2
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If I have to warm up at all, I clasp and open my hands for about 30 seconds each. I usually don't have to warm up though, and I have been playing every day (almost) for close to 12 years.




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My first piece of advice is... make sure you're using good technique.

Everyone I know who has had CTS (Carpal Tunnel Syndrome) was playing with bent wrists. That forces the tendons to turn a corner, and inflames the carpal tunnel.

I suggest videotaping yourself playing normally for a time, and observing your technique. Being sure to state on the recording when you feel the pain, you'll probably notice what you're doing to cause it.

I suggest leaving the recorder running for a while, so that you move away from consciously playing well and start using your normal technique.

I look forward to hearing what happened. Good luck!
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^Very common among self-taught guitarists, unfortunately.




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Take breaks!

there's no need to play a physically demanding lick of exercise for 30 minutes straight

and there's no need to play for 3 hours at a time
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I had it for a while,I raised my guitar up, way up,changing to a higher position.

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^^^ Yes!


I found standing up and raising my guitar to what i would call high-ish helped me with some of my wrist problems.

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Interestingly enough, I have such long arms that I had to adjust my guitar to a pretty low position to be able to comfortably play.




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I think I found the reason why it hurts when I star play riffs that requires more effort. I think my wrist position is wrong. Any tips how to get a better wrist position ?
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Good thread here bro:

Musicians health

Important stuff :o Lots of people overlook this stuff :o
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