Another Berklee guitar player with tendinitis symptoms

by JL Fulks

Lately I have been in a 6-7 hour a day practice routine. I am constantly playing the guitar. Lately I have been feeling some cramping and irritation in my left forearm/ palm of my hand.

I have not actually felt pain but I have felt irritation. I am constantly doing Stretches I have researched on YouTube and other websites to try to prevent tendinitis.

Im kind of freaking out because I do not want the pain to get so bad where I have to stop playing. I don't have any swelling but I know something is not right. What should I do to prevent tendinitis because I feel like it's creeping in on me.


Joshua Answers:

Hi JL.

First off, make sure that you understand how Tendonitis works.

See: What Is Tendonitis

You're solidly into the beginning of Stage 1, meaning you have some pain, some worry, physical mechanisms have been at play for a while. It's new, but it's established, and symptoms are still mild.

Hello Pain Causing Dynamic!

One simple way to lower Symptoms of Tendonitis is to learn How To Reduce Inflammation.

That will make things feel better.

But if you want to continue to play for 6-7 hours a day, you're going to need to learn some specific self care to keep your
body happy, and to keep your body able to handle the heavy load of strictly repetitive motion.

No big deal. Just something you need to learn to support your body. You've learned how to play the guitar. Now you need to learn how to play your body to keep it well tuned. (Hey, look at that, a guitar analogy!)

There's plenty of information on my site. And, both for ease and depth of info and specificity of plan-of-attack, I'd suggest you get my Reversing Guitar Tendonitis ebook .

Get a handle on it now while it's still easy to get rid of.

More questions, more answers.

Please reply using the comment link below. Do not submit a new submission to answer/reply, it's too hard for me to find where it's supposed to go.

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Joshua Tucker, B.A., C.M.T.
The Tendonitis Expert

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