Pinky and ring finger tendonitis problems from playing guitar

by colin


been playing guitar for 34 yrs and not really had any problems.

started learning a new style about 6 months ago and am now having problems between my pinky and ring finger on my fret hand(left).

I do stretches and have done for the last 4 yrs, taking breaks when practicing and stretching to keep things loose when doing long sessions but not helping.

I have stopped doing the new style which required long stretching for my pinky to play the required solos but it does not seem to be getting better.

I'm a full time musician playing 4 nights a week and quite concerned.



Joshua Answers:

Hello Colin.

So you've played for years, the same way, and your body settled into a perfectly efficient pattern of tightness and looseness.

Then you started playing a different way, pinky had to stretch and the whole hand/wrist/forearm had to work differently. And just like lifing weights for the first time, muscles got sore, and other muscles got overworked and overstretched.

And the nervous system didn't like it. And the Pain Causing Dynamic that was already in place but under the radar suddenly was irritated past a certain threshold, and now you feel pain, ache, tightness, etc.

Tendonitis is a subtle, tricky creature that slips in unnoticed and then grabs a hold.

Your concern is valid. Rest won't fix this.

I see you just bought Reversing Guitar Tendonitis ebook. Great! You're well taken care of.

Dig into that, follow the Protocol, and email me if you have any questions or need any fine tuning down the line.

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Joshua Tucker, B.A., C.M.T.
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