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rogeliocan

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Share you guitar related injuries an... 

I think it might be useful to share guitar related injuries we have had and how we cured them. Reason is, I have had 2, the first of which I wasted over 6 months without resolution because no one had a clue of what I had, it may have helped to have the experience of someone else who had it, at least it would have been a lead. In the end this 1st pain got resolved in 1 treatment!

So here goes. I have had 2 guitar related 'injuries'.
1st one, my right forearm was causing a lot of discomfort. After much money spent with different physios, chiros, and even 2 months without playing guitar to try to let it heal by itself, I finally got it resolved in one (yes one!) session with a chiro that did ART (Active Release Technique). He had seen the same thing with a violinist before. My problem was a nerve that was trapped/stuck between muscle tissue. With one session (5 minutes) using proper manipulation it was gone.

2nd injury. I am still fighting with this one.
During one year and a half I woke up every 2 hour because of shooting pain in my left hip area and thigh, I also felt it in my inner-front thigh going up stairs. I never felt the shooting except at night, starting about 4 hours after I got to bed.
This pain is now 99% gone now and I no long wake up at night. What remains is lower back discomfort.
What got rid of my hip and leg shooting pains was again ART and massages on the lower back muscles and all muscles-to-bone attachment points around the hips, leg-to-hip socket, and SI joint. The majority of these were inflamed and it took about 2 months to clear all of that. So, tight muscle, squeeze the nerves and eventually cause pain elsewhere.

So now I'm left with finishing up the lower back part, that is work in progress. For some reason, the muscles in the area of my lower spine work overtime and are always really tight (So tight that I use a baseball to massage them, yes it hurts). I am now getting short massages twice a week to focus on that area to try and break up those 'knots' (that have been there for at least 3 years).

One more thing I would like to share. For the past year I have been waking up in the morning feeling like a 70 year old (not that I know what it feels like) but my back was stiff and I had to stretch before getting up and it eventually felt better as I warmed up. That back discomfort actually prevented me from sleeping in in the morning, feeling discomfort and having to turn, stretch and move my back.
To my amazement, my chiro fixed this instantaneously. She put some tape (Kinesio tape) on my back. She had me sit and bend backward and applied the tape from above waist to mid back. With this on, every time I slouched, I could feel the tape pulling so I stood up straight again.
Well, not kidding, the next morning my back felt great and did not have this 70 year old feeling, that is wild since I have felt this for a while. So this pain was just caused by bad posture and over stretching my back muscles from too much slouching. Too me, this one is worth gold! Not having that sore back feeling in the morning.

Bottom line. All my problems were related to muscles trapping nerves, and all fixed with ART/massage.
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rombsix

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RE: Share you guitar related injurie... (in reply to rogeliocan

Well, it's great to know that your aches/pains are being fixed. I also have my share of discomfort. Some of us are lucky not to have to go through these things, but others are not. Even the maestros have their issues... We're human after all.

Here's to good health and effortless playing!

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  REPORT THIS POST AS INAPPROPRIATE |  Date Nov. 14 2012 19:09:07
 
turnermoran

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RE: Share you guitar related injurie... (in reply to rogeliocan

right shoulder bursitis from playing old school style. PT directed me toward exercises where I put a thera-band around a doorknob and held each end in a hand, so that my upper arm was vertical with a 90º bend at the elbow. Then pull back with the focus being the pinch together the shoulder blades in the back are. It's like rowing exercises, kinda.
Basic idea was that my trapezoidal muscles in my upper back (along with other secondary muscle groups) were underdeveloped, and if they were strengthened, they would better support shoulder muscles.
Ultimately, I expanded the PT exercised to include wide arm pushups with focus on the upper back muscles.
It worked. Shoulder is fine now.

Herniated a disc in my lower back. Was advised to have micro disectomy surgery. I chose not to, and basically deal with the problem by staying fit, going to the gym and doing various excercise to keep my core strong. It is effective in managing the pain, but perhaps I should have had the surgery.

In short, I am personally of the opinion that to combat the long hours sitting and practicing, it is wise to stay fit and strong. Otherwise, should your body give out on you, you have a long uphill battle should the doctors suggest strength building. Do it now I say.
But that's just what works for me. Everybody is different
  REPORT THIS POST AS INAPPROPRIATE |  Date Nov. 14 2012 19:43:10
 
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RE: Share you guitar related injurie... (in reply to rogeliocan

30 August 2011: I was sitting on the lawn chatting with colleagues and once I got up using my left fist, my left hand ring finger first phalanx was bent 45 degrees and could not be straightened. I went to a specialist, according to him, this is known as Mallet finger (a partial rupture of the tendon which happens quite often to cleaning staff who work in hotels doing up beds). He put on a splint (like a hood) which curled a bit backwards for 10 weeks and 2 extra weeks just for bedtime. After four months, the finger was still bent with an angle of 20 degrees because the finger inside the splint could not be kept curled up properly and the severed tendon could not heal itself.

March 2012: I went to another specialist and he suggested a splint which looks like a tile which also curled backwards and stuck it with super glue against the finger nail. After a week, he took fright as my skin was cracking and he decided I should end the treatment immediately and cancelled all the remaining appointments (as the skin cracked, I could get an infection which would need an operation with a pin sticking out of my finger for a few months). The reason was simply because I didn't dry my finger properly after showers. I decided to carry on the treatment myself for 10 weeks, with 2 weeks only at night time. I finished this treatment in June and my finger is straight again although I cannot force my finger to curl ever so slightly backwards as one can do with a healthy finger.

June 2012: Back to the first specialist and he confirmed that this had to be considered a "full recovery", and my finger would not get any better than that.

As a result, I reckon I have to live with a partially impaired finger as long as the tendon doesn't get severed again. I can play the guitar ok but I got myself into the habit of checking if my ring finger is straight every so often.

I have kept the splint just in case I need it again.
  REPORT THIS POST AS INAPPROPRIATE |  Date Nov. 14 2012 20:00:34
 
Ricardo

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RE: Share you guitar related injurie... (in reply to rogeliocan

Every time I read horror injury threads or Focal Dystonia etc,, my hands twitch and feel weird and hurt.

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  REPORT THIS POST AS INAPPROPRIATE |  Date Nov. 15 2012 13:20:40
 
rogeliocan

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RE: Share you guitar related injurie... (in reply to Ricardo

Ricardo, you never had any injuries? Big or small?
  REPORT THIS POST AS INAPPROPRIATE |  Date Nov. 15 2012 14:00:04
 
Ricardo

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RE: Share you guitar related injurie... (in reply to rogeliocan

quote:

ORIGINAL: rogeliocan

Ricardo, you never had any injuries? Big or small?


I had a weird back pain once I think from sleeping with a fan blowing cool air. I learned that FRESH advil (look at dates on bottle) really makes a difference. THat was long time ago. I always advocate moving around in chair, not sit in one spot too long, look UP at a mirror when you practice rather than down over finger board, don't worry about warm or cold hands etc, so much is psychological. Most of my problems were actually psychological that became physical up until I acknowledged it was in my mind. Anyway practice related injury is harder for me these days as I perform a lot but don't get so much practice in at home anymore. I can't sit for hours with out interruption or breaks. I can play for many hours straight in juergas and dance rehearsals no problem.

EDIT I was gonna say "knock on wood" ....but I knock on wood everyday

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  REPORT THIS POST AS INAPPROPRIATE |  Date Nov. 15 2012 14:54:53
 
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RE: Share you guitar related injurie... (in reply to rogeliocan

quote:

I learned that FRESH advil (look at dates on bottle) really makes a difference.

Like tomatoes! I'll plant one and see what happens............

On the injury front I've been pretty blessed, I actually moved to Flamenco from Muay Thai due to injuries, shoulder dislocations etc...I did a number on my wrist doing some focus mit training a few years ago that will occasionally haunt me when I bar an F or something but it hasn't gotten worse since practicing flamenco the past two years so I just deal with it....

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RE: Share you guitar related injurie... (in reply to rogeliocan

Mailbox, my fist, broken finger, waiting.

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  REPORT THIS POST AS INAPPROPRIATE |  Date Nov. 15 2012 19:52:54
 
estebanana

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RE: Share you guitar related injurie... (in reply to rogeliocan

Doit,

Pretty soon you will meet a nice Japanese girl, settle down, stop being mad, have kids,drink beer and not care too much for punching mailboxes.

But in the meantime, rage muther fukcer ...Rage!

And don't forget to change your strings.
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I hurt my upper back doing carpentry work in 2001. Chiropractor fixed it it a jiffy.

Ten years later I aggravated the same part of my back by working too many hours and stressing over guitars while leaning over my bench, and the injury returned. Then I had to put a skylight in and I was drilling some holes and using a screw gun over my head and the recurring injury really got bad. Then in an effort to get it into shape I went to yoga classes, which I had already been going to. I remember one morning while in triangle pose I felt a hitch in my back that pulled and felt like rubber band, and that is when it really went chronic. The yoga was the last straw.


The injury of the old back problem has not healed yet. I have been nursing it along for two years. I have tried the same chiropractor who helped the first time, a physical therapist, and several massage people and it still won't heal. It will subside for a few days and then return if I work too hard. At this point I have given up playing music because both the guitar and cello playing aggravate the injury. So I save my back for making guitars and just stare at my cello and the Bach suites on the music stand. It sucks.

For a few months I tried weight lifting to strengthen my upper back. One trainer told me a set of muscles to work on and leave the other set alone. Another trainer told me the exact opposite, work on the other set of muscles and leave the ones the first trainer said to work out alone. Still one more trainer told me to work on everything in small amounts. None of it worked at all, my back would hurt more after work outs, but the rest of me felt great.

After than I went to a good massage therapist who did intensive deep tissue work in the effected area, they told me no weights at all and that I should do yoga.

I'm now thinking about looking for another physical therapist.

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  REPORT THIS POST AS INAPPROPRIATE |  Date Nov. 16 2012 0:51:11
 
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RE: Share you guitar related injurie... (in reply to estebanana

Giving up Bach once you are in must be a terrible thing. I have Stanley Yates' transcription of the Cello Suites sitting on my guitar stand. Am going for #3.

Sorry, OT!!

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  REPORT THIS POST AS INAPPROPRIATE |  Date Nov. 16 2012 1:53:06
 
Ricardo

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RE: Share you guitar related injurie... (in reply to estebanana

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After than I went to a good massage therapist who did intensive deep tissue work in the effected area, they told me no weights at all and that I should do yoga.


Acupuncture? You sound like prime candidate for my "fresh advil" theory.

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  REPORT THIS POST AS INAPPROPRIATE |  Date Nov. 16 2012 14:15:11
 
Doitsujin

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RE: Share you guitar related injurie... (in reply to rogeliocan

Estebanana..hahaha... word!

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  REPORT THIS POST AS INAPPROPRIATE |  Date Nov. 16 2012 16:16:59
 
estebanana

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RE: Share you guitar related injurie... (in reply to Ricardo

quote:

Acupuncture? You sound like prime candidate for my "fresh advil" theory.


Several doctors have advised me not to take advil. One is that advil an alcohol are tremendously hard on the liver, basically the two together shreds your liver.

The other an acupuncturist told me that advil may reduce inflamation, but it is part of the inflamation that triggers a healing response in the body to address the painful area.

One doctor recommended naproxin as a substitute for ibuprofen, or I can simply not drink. I get more relief from the pain from two beers than a handful of advil.

If I could lie in bed for a month and not do anything except take hot tubs and sleep I would probably be better. But that ain't gonna happen. I use my back every day and I can't isolate it or immobilize it like a hand or forearm. At this point I've just decided I may just live in pain an make the best of it. Nothing has worked as a solution to this problem, so I just pace myself.

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As for Bach on guitar, it's better on the cello because it lays on the instrument in such a way that the open strings resonate and give the passages massive overtone support not possible on the guitar. Sometime as an experiment you might try tuning the guitar in fifths and playing from a cello score.

I think the partitas for violin are better on guitar, but the same thing happens with the overtones. They say that Bach is universal and can be payed on any instrument, ect. but there is an inherent cellistic logic to the cello suites that has them on the instrument in certain registers to take advantage of the overtones a sonorities in the keys they are written in.

So knowing that, yes it is a bitch to not be able to work on them or my other cello interests like just keeping up scales a intonation work. The number three in C major is fun, but five is the heavy and has a short fugue in the prelude that is really good. I like the D minor too, number two, and D minor can work well on guitar. The D minor #2 has a chord sequence which ends the prelude which sounds lush on guitar with the lowered D. If you can, play it with the bass E tuned down to D. That way you have two bass D's ( double DD's if you will) for overtone support. Same thing for #6, which is in D major. In my thought the G major works the least well on guitar, even though it is played the most.




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  REPORT THIS POST AS INAPPROPRIATE |  Date Nov. 16 2012 17:49:07
 
henrym3483

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RE: Share you guitar related injurie... (in reply to rogeliocan

issue with tendonitis in index finger got sorted out by diet and taking bromalein and tumeric capsules along with one or two visits to chiropractor.

broken metacarple bone in the pinkie was a bitch. out of action for 2 months but has healed quite well.

previous issue with wrist sorted out with hot to cold water dousing of the wrist.

i warm up each playing session and do a stretch after practice also.
  REPORT THIS POST AS INAPPROPRIATE |  Date Nov. 16 2012 18:45:41
 
rogeliocan

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RE: Share you guitar related injurie... (in reply to estebanana

quote:

Ten years later I aggravated the same part of my back by working too many hours and stressing over guitars while leaning over my bench, and the injury returned. Then I had to put a skylight in and I was drilling some holes and using a screw gun over my head and the recurring injury really got bad. Then in an effort to get it into shape I went to yoga classes, which I had already been going to. I remember one morning while in triangle pose I felt a hitch in my back that pulled and felt like rubber band, and that is when it really went chronic. The yoga was the last straw.


The injury of the old back problem has not healed yet. I have been nursing it along for two years. I have tried the same chiropractor who helped the first time, a physical therapist, and several massage people and it still won't heal. It will subside for a few days and then return if I work too hard. At this point I have given up playing music because both the guitar and cello playing aggravate the injury. So I save my back for making guitars and just stare at my cello and the Bach suites on the music stand. It sucks.

For a few months I tried weight lifting to strengthen my upper back. One trainer told me a set of muscles to work on and leave the other set alone. Another trainer told me the exact opposite, work on the other set of muscles and leave the ones the first trainer said to work out alone. Still one more trainer told me to work on everything in small amounts. None of it worked at all, my back would hurt more after work outs, but the rest of me felt great.

After than I went to a good massage therapist who did intensive deep tissue work in the effected area, they told me no weights at all and that I should do yoga.


I could not help to burst out laughing reading your post because in the end you are told to do what first re-ignited your problem. Hilarious.

But I have been through this, it's a problem solving exercise and everybody tries different things and tell you different things. In the end I have learned that if I don't think what they say makes sense, I just leave. And that has served me well, you eventually (hopefully) find someone that can help you.

It might be worth getting and MRI. It was good for me because it showed no problems with my spine or facets. So a good crack at the chiro and massages really help, and core exercises.
  REPORT THIS POST AS INAPPROPRIATE |  Date Nov. 16 2012 18:51:23
 
estebanana

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RE: Share you guitar related injurie... (in reply to rogeliocan

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It might be worth getting and MRI. It was good for me because it showed no problems with my spine or facets. So a good crack at the chiro and massages really help, and core exercises.


It's what I do too, if I don't feel helped after some time goes by I cease the "treatments". The first chiropractor did an X-Ray and said there was no structure damage. But I don't have medical insurance so I can't afford an MRI. He also worked on me for almost three months and the condition showed little improvement. He kept saying I just needed more treatment and eventually I just told the receptionist I was not coming in that day and never went back.

His treatment was to do a spinal subluxation adjustment which took him about 2 mins and then I was out the door.

I read your comment about the ART therapy and I looked it up on the internet and found there are practitioners here in my city. But at this point I'm skeptical of chiropractic work as I now think they are money taking quacks. I'm trying to decide if I should give them another look. Two beers every other day is so much cheaper than ineffective quackery.

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  REPORT THIS POST AS INAPPROPRIATE |  Date Nov. 16 2012 19:09:49
 
rogeliocan

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RE: Share you guitar related injurie... (in reply to estebanana

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I read your comment about the ART therapy and I looked it up on the internet and found there are practitioners here in my city. But at this point I'm skeptical of chiropractic work as I now think they are money taking quacks. I'm trying to decide if I should give them another look. Two beers every other day is so much cheaper than ineffective quackery.


The ART is only good (as far as I know and how it was used on me) for tissue related problems (muscles and ligaments) so if your problems are not with that, I doubt it will help.
Did exact same thing as you, eventually, cancelled an appointment and never returned. Problem is they get paid even if they don`t get results, but can`t blame that.
Hey, have tried doing yoga! ;)
  REPORT THIS POST AS INAPPROPRIATE |  Date Nov. 16 2012 19:18:54
 
Mordorito

 

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RE: Share you guitar related injurie... (in reply to rogeliocan

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ORIGINAL: rogelican

The ART is only good (as far as I know and how it was used on me) for tissue related problems (muscles and ligaments) so if your problems are not with that, I doubt it will help.



Muscle tissue connects directly to bones so it is definitely possible for a tissue therapy, such as ART, to help with spinal subluxations or other bone issues like carpal tunnel syndrome. I broke my back playing ice hockey 25 years ago, so I am all too familiar with spine/back pain. Myofascial release of trigger points saved me...
  REPORT THIS POST AS INAPPROPRIATE |  Date Nov. 17 2012 0:36:58
 
Mordorito

 

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RE: Share you guitar related injurie... (in reply to estebanana

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ORIGINAL: estebanana

But I don't have medical insurance so I can't afford an MRI.... I read your comment about the ART therapy and I looked it up on the internet and found there are practitioners here in my city. But at this point I'm skeptical of chiropractic work as I now think they are money taking quacks. I'm trying to decide if I should give them another look. Two beers every other day is so much cheaper than ineffective quackery.


estebanana, you might want to look into something called Yamuna Body Rolling. It is basically just a system on DVD that shows you how to use your own body weight to roll on rubber balls to perform self-massage and trigger point release. This is great for people who do not have insurance since you perform it yourself; one ball and a DVD or two and you're set. Plus, no one is going to care about your back more than you do, so you can really focus on problem areas. Another major bonus to this is that 10 or 15 minutes a day seems more effective than getting a one hour treatment from someone every once in a while. I am pretty sure there are videos on YouTube that would give you an idea if this might be worth a try. It looks a little strange and new-age-y...but I feel it saved me...
  REPORT THIS POST AS INAPPROPRIATE |  Date Nov. 17 2012 1:00:50
 
rogeliocan

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RE: Share you guitar related injurie... (in reply to Mordorito

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estebanana, you might want to look into something called Yamuna Body Rolling.


If Yamuna is the name of girl I'm in man!
All joking apart, that looks pretty good. Because using the ART and massages was good to solve some things but I need to prevent this stuff. My sore points are where muscle attach to bone in all around hips and top of hamstring, just like they show in the video. But I have been using a baseball and a croquet ball to work it harder, and I use it on my erectors too. You say that that Yumana ball works well?
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RE: Share you guitar related injurie... (in reply to rogeliocan

It is even better on hips and hamstrings!! That was how I found out about it. I was using it to help with my winter sports performance. You can even do it while watching tv, so that tv is not such a waste of time. The DVDs focus on different body parts, so you really get a good focus on whichever area you need...
  REPORT THIS POST AS INAPPROPRIATE |  Date Nov. 17 2012 1:20:21
 
rogeliocan

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RE: Share you guitar related injurie... (in reply to Mordorito

I will definitely look into that. Thanks.
  REPORT THIS POST AS INAPPROPRIATE |  Date Nov. 17 2012 1:24:16
 
estebanana

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RE: Share you guitar related injurie... (in reply to rogeliocan

Thanks Mordor,

I use a foam roller, but oddly enough It makes me back hurt also. Just about everything I do make sit hurt accept doing nothing. If I use the roller it takes out the kinks, but when I go to bed it starts to ache. My thing is between the spine a shoulder blade. Nothing really seems to help it just hurts all the time no matter what I do. If I exersize it just hurts, but hours later after working out. So I stopped using the foam roller too. it works out some stuff, but it jambs up some thing else at the same time. The first physical therapist showed me a roller routine, but it does not work on me. I'm a totally fucvked up I guess.

One person says one thing another person says something else. I've seen six or eight people for this and they all contradict one another. I did try myofacial release therapy, but she cost 120.00 an hour so that is not affordable. My girlfriend is moving me to Japan with her. She has figured out a way for me to get medical insurance there eventually, ironic it will be easier than here. So maybe in the long run I may get some regular help. I'm rather dismayed about the US take on healthcare. Since I don't work for a corporation or am wealthy I can't get anything. I don't qualify for any free medical programs because I'm not that old. I guess I am one of those freeloading 47% who wants everything free.


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  REPORT THIS POST AS INAPPROPRIATE |  Date Nov. 17 2012 2:09:37
 
Mordorito

 

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RE: Share you guitar related injurie... (in reply to rogeliocan

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ORIGINAL: rogeliocan

But I have been using a baseball and a croquet ball to work it harder, and I use it on my erectors too. You say that that Yumana ball works well?


I just realized it sounds like you are asking if the Yamuna ball is better than the baseball and croquet ball. I do not think it is the ball that makes Yamuna work so well. It seems to be the order in which you do the muscles, and the techniques, that help with the results. For example, you sink your hip onto the ball, flex the foot, lengthen your leg, raise your leg, lengthen some more, and then lower slowly. Then you roll over the ball an inch or so and repeat the flexing, lengthening and raising, etc etc.

I don't think you necessarily need to buy the Yamuna ball, but a baseball or croquet ball might be too hard. Tennis ball works well enough. You don't want to stress the sciatic nerve in the back of your hip. Also be careful with the front of hip/inner thigh, because of the femoral artery, and a baseball on the erectors is very close to the tiny bones of the vertebrae where muscles attach. Yamuna has balls for the calves that work well on hips, back etc.
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RE: Share you guitar related injurie... (in reply to estebanana

Sorry it is such a difficult injury for you. I have heard of shoulder blade pain being referred from herniated discs at the base of the neck, but I do not think it is so common. I am not too fond of the foam roller for the back, because it is rather difficult to focus on specific areas. It is possible that your problem is caused by an area smaller than the size of a quarter. A ball is more focused pressure. I have one other suggestion you may already know about; the Thera-cane. You could sit on the couch and use it to explore the muscles of your shoulder blade. It is common for pain between your spine and shoulder blade to be caused by the muscles that are between your shoulder blade and arm: Infraspinatus and supraspinatus (sp?) You just press the end of cane into a spot and use the weight of your arms to passively apply pressure. If the spot doesn't hurt, move the cane an inch or so and repeat. If it hurts, just leave pressure on it. You need both hands to use the cane, so just drink your beer each time you move to a new spot.

No rolling needed. A tennis ball would work, but is harder to use. It sounds as if you have already explored options similar to this suggestion. But I wanted to mention it, just in case.
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Ricardo

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RE: Share you guitar related injurie... (in reply to estebanana

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Several doctors have advised me not to take advil. One is that advil an alcohol are tremendously hard on the liver, basically the two together shreds your liver.


well sure, if you take max dose allowed per day and drink. What happened to me was I had back pain and it was not fun to play guitar even standing. I had taken several doses of advil and it didn't do anything for me. I was thinking to go to doctor cuz it was some days already and it didn't get better. Some one told me to get fresh advil, like newest package. I did, only one dose worked like magic and problem was gone, it's not like I had to keep taking it. Now I always look at pill bottle dates and such, and only get or take the newest batch if I ever have pain fever etc. It always works better and faster.

My point is it won't kill you to try...problem is if it works and then comes back, yeah you don't want to take that stuff everyday.

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  REPORT THIS POST AS INAPPROPRIATE |  Date Nov. 17 2012 18:38:20
 
rombsix

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RE: Share you guitar related injurie... (in reply to Ricardo

Ricardo's view are always radical, even when it comes to something as simple as NSAIDs. Your wisdom transcends music to encompass all realms of life, my friend. Now how's about you change that avatar of yours so it shows the real Ricardo instead of Gerardo? I've started to associate him with what you actually look like.

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