Pianist with carpal or tendinitis

by Norman C.
(Lowell, MA)


I'm a twenty year old music major at Holy Cross in MA, going into junior year.

My doctor isn't sure but he thinks it's minor carpal tunnel. I've had it since December/January, from increasing piano practice time from 1 hour to 4.

I stopped completely in April, as the doctor ordered me to, and still, when I flick a finger along my wrist, I get the "pins and needles" type feeling, along with when I tap on the palms of my right hand hand.

I tried pt but only for 2 weeks because I thought the pain was returning, but it could have been from trying the piano also. Should I try again?

It's going on over two months of rest and I'm going crazy watching my hopes of going to grad school for performance slip away.

Also, why only 10 seconds for the ice dipping?

Thank you very much.



Joshua Answers:

Hi Norman.

ARRRGH! It drives me crazy when doctors tell people to stop doing what they love to do.

Rest won't help Carpal Tunnel, nor will it help Wrist Tendonitis.

It never does. It never will. That's just not how the body works.

Let's get you playing again.

Right now today, if you haven't been already, start ice dipping.

The more you do, the faster you'll get results.

That's the simple version.

I very much suggest that you get a copy of The Carpal Tunnel Treatment That Works.

It has everything and ONLY what you need to know to get out of pain, get your body back up an Upward Spiral, and show you how to have a lifetime career of playing the piano as much as you want.

Plus I'm available to fine tune your specific needs.

Maybe you have some actual tendonitis, but probably you just have a Downward Spiral of increasing pain and

You specifically will want to up the numbers of what the DVD trains you to do, both to get out of pain fast, and to support your body playing 4hours/day without bad stuff happening.

Rest won't help. You want to get into grad school. You need to get active doing self-care that will actually heal Carpal Tunnel.

Why only 10 seconds?

It's all about squeezing the sponge.

Every little bit of artery is covered in a little bit of muscle. Cold makes that muscle contract. When you dip your forearms into the ice water, the sponge of your arms/wrists/hands literally squeezes itself.

Old bad stuff out, new good stuff in. (Highly techinical, I know)

Do this enough, and the ecology of your forearm will change, if and as you overwhelm the Process of Inflammation that is firmly established in your arm(s).

10-60 seconds is just fine. 5-10 minutes is not better than 10 seconds.

You want to squeeze the sponge over and over, not squeeze it once and hold it there.

That whole 'ice pack 3x/day for 20 minutes' routine is ineffective and a time waster, in that you can get far more results from dipping for 10 seconds repeatedly than you will get from ice packing for 3x for 20 minutes.

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

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