Classical guitar right hand pain, radiating pain

by Joe cileo

Hello, my name is Joe, I'm 17, and am suffering from pain in my right hand. Classical uses a completely different technique then normal strumming, which is finger movement from mostly the top knuckle. the wrist also seldom moves, only to bend downward occasionally, so none of the sideways motion regular guitar sees.

The pain radiates from inside my wrist to the right side and to the fingers. It is a burning and achy pain. Sometimes in the forearm too.

It's taking my life away, please get back to me.

Thanks so much in advance.


Joshua Answers:

Hi Joe.

Good news/bad news, your nervous system doesn't much care -how- you play guitar.

If you get your body to a point where it starts to hurt, the nervous does it's thing, each and every time.

It might look a little different from person to person, but the pattern is the same.

Tendonitis is Tendonitis. Every body part has a slightly different relationship due to usage and mechanics and anatomy, but again, the pattern is the same.

That radiating pain, and burning sensation, those are common side effects of the Process of Inflammation and too tight muscles and too tight connective tissue.

Repetitive motion from playing guitar is the main culprit, and there are some other factors that can play a role too, including nutrition.

And the guitar player dynamic has a personality different that somebody that types a lot, so the more targeted your self care, the better.

How about this. Get my Reversing Guitar Tendonitis ebook (saves me a lot of typing here, as it's all there), follow the plan for a good 10-14 days, and then use the contact form to get a hold of me, and we'll do any fine tuning that we need to do to make sure you're getting the results you want.

See Related: Classical Guitar Wrist Pain I Want To Play Professionally All My Life

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Dec 02, 2010
Getting back to you (urgent)
by: Joe

Hello again Joshua, been awhile since i last responded.

i never followed up on the bone broth, but i iced periodically blah blah. lately though its been hurting again, and i have an audition at SFCM in february for guitar, so i really want to get rid of this.

i never really religiously iced for 10-14 days. the pain was always there (dimly), but now im getting more aware since ill be playing A LOT more if i get accepted into the conservatory. i reread the Ebook and am icing every day now very religiously.

i have a couple questions that are urgent so a response as soon as possible would be much appreciated, and thanks in advance! Ill just list the questions :)

1. You can do more than 20 seconds, but you don't need to. It's not any more beneficial.

2. List looks great. Reread the section on Vitamin D.

**i also purchased **
-Omega-3 purified fish oil, natural triglyceride form, was told it helps a lot in inflammation.

So, i know this is a lengthy post and i really appreciate your time, but if you have suggestions also for the amount to take, that would be amazing. I am 5'11 145 pounds, if that helps.


Thanks a million Joshua you don't know how excited i am to get on track! Can't wait to hear back from you.


Joshua Comments:

I'm happy to see you're getting in gear on your self care. Notice how you didn't do anything to help your body get better, and it didn't?

Reread the ebook. It answers your questions.

If you have a lot of playing in your future, and you want to do it with less pain/no pain/no increase in pain.....get to work.


Sep 24, 2010
re: hand pain and bone broth
by: Joe Cileo

So, i got your ebook, and was following protocals for awhile. it really helped fantastically. i dont ice much nowadays, but ice massage if it does start to get to moderate pain. I can practice more often, within reason, and see no problems. if the pain does pop up, just take a 20 min break stretch maybe ice and hop back into it later. Your book is genius and really addressed all my questions.

One question i do have though is... Would it be possible for me to purchase some bone broth from you? i understand you live in S.F. or are there a lot, and i live an hour from there so could easily commute or whatever. Im having a hard time up here in Santa Rosa finding someone who knows what to get for it, free range grass fed etc. so let me know! thanks a lot, Joe Cileo


Joshua Comments:

Hey Joe.

Sorry, I can't make bone broth for you, for a variety of reasons. :)

Just go to a Whole Foods (I think Santa Rosa has one, if not, just go to as healthy a store with meat as you can find), have them cut you some 'beef thigh bones'. Ask for Organic, but they don't carry Organic per see, but they do have free range no hormone stuff. Have them cut them into 2-3 inch cuts, and include some joint cuts.

Then take home and put into a crock pot with water, simmer for 48 hours, put in fridge, later scrape the fat and such off, then use as desired.

You may have to deal with some confused people that have no idea of/have never heard of bone broth, so that's all part of the fun.

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