Long term and spreading tendonitis from playing guitar.

by Daniel
(Kansas City)

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.


Joshua Answers:

Hello Daniel.

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 related pain.

You're taking B6 and B12. How much? Almost certainly not enough.

See: Magnesium for Tendonitis

See: Tendonitis

3. Rest 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.

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.

And, comments have a 3,000 character limit so you may have to comment twice.

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

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Feb 05, 2012
Thanks. I purchased your e-book.
by: Daniel

Hi Joshua,
Thank you for getting back to me. I had a few follow up questions, if you don't mind:

1. Where do you stand on squeezing the stressball/tennis ball as a treatment? I've heard both that I should do this to get my left arm/hand stronger and also that I shouldn't because I'm wearing out tendons I need to play guitar. I haven't been using a stress ball at all, should I?

2. I am taking 1000 mcg of B-12 (16,667% of my daily value) and 100 mg of B6 (5,000%). How much would you recommend?

3. What are the best intervals between ice dips? How long should I wait? Will doing 10 dips in an hour have the same effect as doing 10 over two hours?

Thanks and I anxiously await your response.


PS: I have started taking 500 mg of Magnesium a day. How long should it take before I can feel the effect?


Joshua Comments:

Hi Daniel.

Use the contact tab at the bottom of the navbar (column of page links over on the left). I'm happy to answer your ebook related questions there.

As far as the stress ball, it's not a bad thing, but for the moment I'd put your attention on the self care from the ebook.

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