Long term and spreading tendonitis from playing guitar.
Hi Joshua, I'm a professional guitarist who has been fighting tendonitis for about five years. At first, I experienced cramping when I made certain chord shapes, but I learned some stretches and was fine for about a year.
I started noticing a slight tinge in my left wrist and started trying different things to make it go away (yoga, vitamin B, and other things). Two years ago, my daughter was born and my condition immediately got worse, probably from the way my left hand was when I was holding her.
The tendon that connects to my thumb and first finger has pain as does the tendon that goes to my pinky and ring fingers. Lately, I've been feeling pain in my elbow and even my shoulder and neck. The pain is only in my left side (fretting hand). I felt like I'd tried everything until I found this site. I have a few questions:
1. Do you think "ice dipping" would help my condition? I wonder because my experience with icing is that you have to wait until you're done playing to apply ice and this method sounds like something you would do throughout the day.
Your Symptoms of Tendonitis
are spreading, because that's how the body works. It's trying to 'guard' and protect you from a problem, but unfortunately, the way it does that is with more guarding and buildup of negative factors.
2. I already take B6, B12 and a B Complex. Do you think Calcium and Magnesium would make a difference? What other supplements would help?
3. Like I said earlier, I am a professional guitarist and "resting" isn't exactly an option. Is there a way to treat my condition successfully without compromising my playing schedule (and with it my financial well-being)?
4. This may be a stupid question, but do I need an e-reader to download your e-book? Or
does it just download like a PDF or whatever?
Thanks, I anxiously await your response.
1. Yes, I think ice dipping will help. Ice dipping is incredibly effective at what it's effective at: creating circulation and reducing the Process of Inflammation
Pain can exist for other reasons (nutritional deficiency) and ice dipping won't go much for that.
There's no reason to have to wait until after playing guitar to ice dip.
2. I'm not so big on calcium but yes, Magnesium is a huge factor in Tendonitis
You're taking B6 and B12. How much? Almost certainly not enough.
See: Magnesium for Tendonitis
is really never an option anyway.
Is there a way you can keep playing, etc? Yes. You just have to do enough of the RIGHT self care to help get your body to reduce the Pain Causing Dynamic
and back towards optimal.
4. You don't need anything other than something like Adobe Reader to be able to view my Reversing Guitar Tendonitis ebook
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Joshua Tucker, B.A., C.M.T.
The Tendonitis Expertwww.TendonitisExpert.com