Quote: from Jay Satriani on 9:51 pm on Oct. 29, 2001
Thanx for the tips Jeffrey.. Sounds like you've had far worse experiences with wrist injuries than me. How long have you left the guitar on the shelf ? Have you gotten fully recovery, or are you still encountering probs ?? I'll try your tips..
I think the main thing that have made my wrist unhappy, is playing legato and three note/string patterns on low strings, far down on the neck. Doing alot of this stuff without proper stretchings and warmups is the main problem here i think. Also when playing cords, i think i have a tendency to push far more than needed.. *
I hope my wrist will get back to normal before christmas...
Well the 2 breaks happened on two different occasions quite some time ago. Left arm I was 12, it fully recovered but took maybe 3 years to get 100% range of motion back. The right arm was in 1994 or so. I fractured the outter bone of my forearm. That took quite a while to heal.
The last injury took care of both arms at once. I bruised all the bones in the palms and wrists of both of my hands. That honestly took about 2 years to completely stop hurting, although I could play long before that. I don't think I missed more then a few days.
One injury that hit me hard and still bothers me was injuring my left thumb. I jammed it very very hard and have lost about 30% of the ROM in it (I cannot touch it to the palm of my hand) which effects my left hand positioning. I'm gradually trying to regain more ROM through stretching, but it's quite painful.
When my wrist flairs up, which it did last week ironicly, my general rule of thumb is: "if it hurts, don't play".
I know that sounds like another big duh, but it's actually a good guidline hehe.
In the mean time I kept it wrapped to support it with one of my old wrist straps from my powerlifting days, and took a health dose of some sort of anti-inflammant/anelgesic.
It took maybe 3 days to stop hurting again.
Another tip is to concentrate on how you hold the guitar. Make sure you aren't putting your wrist at a sharp angle. Hurting yourself at the expense of looking cool is well, not cool.
I strap a little high, but I have to for what I play.
As far as stretches and what not to the low strings, I almost exclusively play 7 strings, and it's really not an issue. As long as I'm warmed up of course.
Hope some of this helps.