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post Dec 5 2007, 12:32 AM
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Hmm, so lately I've been practicing stretching the pinky and stuff, since that's my daily exercise.
However, I ran into some problems today. When I was just doing some pulloffs, my wrist was starting to hurt. I discarded it the first time by just shaking my hand.
But as went on to practice, my wrist still hurt. I called it a day and laid the guitar down.
Now, I'm afraid of Repetitive Strain Injury(RSI) so I certainly do not hope that this is the cause.
Since I'm doing a few things different now, I think it's just because of the way I'm doing them.

I would like your opinion on this and whether it's serious or not.
My total playtime as of now is.. 4 weeks, with the first 3 weeks purely practicing chords.

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post Dec 5 2007, 12:35 AM
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Which leg do you practise your guitar on?

Having it on the right leg can cause problems in some cases. Many are fine with it- but i myself find it puts my wrist in an unnatural position- especially when executing a hard stretch.
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post Dec 5 2007, 12:36 AM
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Almost guarentee it being you putting too much strain on your wrist. Make sure your relaxed with your fingers and not pressing too hard with your thumb on the back of the guitar. If your muscles are too strained it can lead to RSI. Also the advice above could well be a reason also.

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post Dec 5 2007, 12:39 AM
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QUOTE (DeepRoots @ Dec 5 2007, 12:35 AM) *
Which leg do you practise your guitar on?

Having it on the right leg can cause problems in some cases. Many are fine with it- but i myself find it puts my wrist in an unnatural position- especially when executing a hard stretch.

Right leg. Will try it when I get back to it, right now I'm just letting my hand relax because I can still feel it. tongue.gif

QUOTE (OrganisedConfusion @ Dec 5 2007, 12:36 AM) *
Almost guarentee it being you putting too much strain on your wrist. Make sure your relaxed with your fingers and not pressing too hard. If your muscles are too strained it can lead to RSI

Thanks, and yeah, I think I might be pulling too hard when I perform pull-offs. Because I did notice it is then when I get this awkward feeling in my wrist..


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post Dec 5 2007, 12:41 AM
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You are probably just trying too hard. Make your wrist all relaxed and your fingers. Stretch your fingers before playing and do warm up exercises before trying stuff you are trying to get faster. And have a rest when you feel a pain as its a sign you have played too long in day mixed with a bit of wrong technique as explained above.


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post Dec 5 2007, 12:44 AM
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QUOTE (OrganisedConfusion @ Dec 5 2007, 12:41 AM) *
You are probably just trying too hard. Make your wrist all relaxed and your fingers. Stretch your fingers before playing and do warm up exercises before trying stuff you are trying to get faster. And have a rest when you feel a pain as its a sign you have played too long in day mixed with a bit of wrong technique as explained above.

Thank you, and deeproots, for the advice, I will perform some warmups the next time I pick up my guitar, and I'll try the left leg position. smile.gif


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post Dec 5 2007, 12:47 AM
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Also if the pain recurs/persists then see a doc/physio as a precaution.


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post Dec 5 2007, 12:50 AM
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QUOTE (OrganisedConfusion @ Dec 4 2007, 11:41 PM) *
You are probably just trying too hard.

Another very valid point- you must make sure you're relaxed and comfortable with good posture and breating etc.

Sounds a little weird but you must stay very relaxed when playing- this will also allow you to play without tiring yourself out

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post Dec 5 2007, 12:51 AM
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If you ever feel strain in your wrist when playing stop immediately, do not 'shake it off'. Rest it for a few days, and get yourself a wrist support, which you should wear while playing until the pain stops. Also try to relax your wrists when playing.
I've had such problems myself in the past, not pleasant!


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post Dec 5 2007, 12:53 AM
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QUOTE (David.C.Bond @ Dec 4 2007, 11:51 PM) *
If you ever feel strain in your wrist when playing stop immediately, do not 'shake it off'. Rest it for a few days, and get yourself a wrist support, which you should wear while playing until the pain stops. Also try to relax your wrists when playing.
I've had such problems myself in the past, not pleasant!

Good advice. Check out Johnny Greenwood as he has many wrist problems and has a special support which allows him to play as usual without the pain.


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post Dec 5 2007, 10:34 PM
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You must warm up 10 minutes before these exercises as they can be very challenging. Also when you do them, your hands must not feel fatigued. If you fell you are in pain you must stop imideatly! And I mean NO playing while the pain is on. If the pain is localized (for example only the pinky finger) and not hurting too badly (this is ralative..) try to practise something completely different (some chords or right hand strumming for example). I bet you played so hard that your hands hurtes but you didn`t even notice it because you like to play? Am I right. Never do this and watch your fingers, you can`t get spare ones wink.gif


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post Dec 5 2007, 10:44 PM
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Always warm up for about 10 minutes.
Do not dive too fast into new techniques.
Relax while playing.
Take short breaks every 30-60 minutes.
Stretch after practice.
Stop immediately if you feel any pain.

I think you should rest a few days, and if it doesnt get much better, go to a physical therapist. I was stupid enough to not listen the others at GMC, I thought "meeh, its not that serious, I dont need to go to a physical therapist".
I havent played for about one month now, I'm going to a physical therapist asap. I should have gone immediately after the injury though, stupid me.


Oh and, as I just posted in a similar topic, try muscle gel. You can get it at pharmacies.

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post Dec 6 2007, 09:58 AM
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1. Try all advices abovementioned
2. Try to put the right foot on some elevation
3. Put a mirror in front of you to see from another angle where the tension is

Good luck! smile.gif


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