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Health Related Issues To Playing

Discussion in 'Technique [BG]' started by Fergie Fulton, Oct 25, 2009.


  1. Fergie Fulton

    Fergie Fulton

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    2014 Up-date.
    This is a thread about health aspects that could arise out of playing bass.
    Because of the complex nature of such a thread it has be categorised in to main groups.
    Under each heading you will find relevant information. Under some there are multiple links to provide a balanced view point of information.

    If you are suffering any kind of health problems only a qualified medical professional after a face to face consultation and examination can give you a correct and beneficial diagnosis. This is merely a guide to those looking for information, its use and interpretation is the responsibility of the person using it.

    It is presented in sections dealing with areas of the body and/related problems for ease of use.
    The links, and the terminologies used, can be be used to help do a wider search on the web for other searching for more specific information.

    This post is just a guide to information in the form of links.
    These links may have links to other material, so please feel free to use them, but they are not endorsed, or reflect the views of myself or Talkbass.

    If you want to discuss certain points that may be raised please start a new thread for more information.
    If you need help to find a link or information please start a thread and an answer will be provided if available.

    These links will be updated as more information becomes available as they are ever developing subjects.
    If any links fail, or the information is not relevent anymore, please inform, so it can be modified or removed.

    Some facts about hands, a quick introduction
    www.eatonhand.com/hw/facts.htm
    www.wired.com/wired/archive/3.12/mccarthy.html
    http://youtu.be/6qG5Q2Zr1W4

    Carpal Tunnel Syndrome ( CTS )
    www.homehealth-uk.com/medical/carpaltunnelsyndrome.htm
    www.drlamb.com/ulnar_neuritis.htm
    http://turner-white.com/pdf/hp_jul00_tinel.pdf
    And in case you missed it the TB thread of Carpal Tunnel
    www.talkbass.com/forum/f21/carpal-tunnel-syndrome-cts-info-922789/

    Pinched nerve symptoms
    www.spine-health.com/conditions/back-pain/spinal-cord-and-spinal-nerve-roots

    The radial nerve explained
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Radial_nerve
    www.patient.co.uk/doctor/Radial-Nerve-Lesion-(C5-8).htm

    The ulnar nerve explained
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ulnar_nerve

    Sciatic Pain
    http://www.medicinenet.com/sciatica/article.htm

    Nerve Flossing
    http://youtu.be/7xi_yAWCqhI
    http://spineinmind.com/nerveflossing/

    Cubital Tunnel syndrome, sometimes mistaken for CTS as symptoms appear to be similar
    http://www.assh.org/Public/HandConditions/Pages/CubitalTunnelSyndrome.aspx

    Tendonitis complaints
    www.ccohs.ca/oshanswers/diseases/tendon_disorders.html#_1_4

    Trigger finger
    www.mayoclinic.com/health/trigger-finger/DS00155

    Dupuytrens Contracture
    www.eatonhand.com/hw/hw009.htm

    Swollen hands
    www.wrongdiagnosis.com/sym/hand_swelling.htm
    http://walking.about.com/cs/med/a/swollenhands.htm

    Cold Hands/Poor Circulation
    www.mayoclinic.org/symptoms/cold-hands/basics/definition/sym-20050648
    www.medic8.com/healthguide/articles/raynauds.html

    Rheumatism & Arthritis
    www.avogel.co.uk/health/muscles-joints/rheumatism/
    www.nhs.uk/conditions/Arthritis/Pages/Introduction.aspx
    www.medicinenet.com/arthritis/article.htm
    www.cbsnews.com/stories/2009/10/22/health/webmd/main5410401.shtml
    http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/health/8310792.stm

    Bony lumps on the fingers (nodes)
    http://www.arthritisresearchuk.org/...your-joints/why-do-joints-become-damaged.aspx

    Neck pain
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Whiplash_(medicine)
    www.nhs.uk/Conditions/Neck-pain/Pages/Introduction.aspx
    Neck Stretches.
    http://tranquilitycs.wordpress.com/...ck-stretches-to-relieve-neck-pain-and-stress/

    Shoulder area
    http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmedhealth/PMH0001474/
    http://www.webmd.com/osteoarthritis/guide/impingement-syndrome
    http://orthoinfo.aaos.org/topic.cfm?topic=a00032

    Back pain
    www.backpainadvice.co.uk/
    www.sportsinjuryclinic.net/cybertherapist/upper_back_pain.php
    http://www.nhs.uk/Conditions/Back-pain/Pages/Introduction.aspx
    Back Stretches
    www.nhs.uk/Video/Pages/Backstretches.aspx

    Varicose veins
    www.bupa.co.uk/individuals/health-information/directory/v/varicose-veins

    Hearing conditions.
    www.nhs.uk/conditions/Hearing-impairment/Pages/Introduction.aspx
    www.nhs.uk/Conditions/Tinnitus/Pages/Introduction.aspx
    www.nhs.uk/conditions/Menieres-disease/Pages/Introduction.aspx?url=Pages/What-is-it.aspx
    http://m.wikihow.com/Cure-Tinnitus

    Problems with the eyes
    www.webmd.boots.com/eye-health/guide/common-eye-problems
    www.medicinenet.com/eye_strain/article.htm
    http://vision.about.com/od/sportsvision/

    In this section below some basic anatomical information needed to understand and make decisions about your health.

    en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Proprioception
    www.thomasjwestmusic.com/apps/blog/...ed-proprioception-to-learn-and-memorize-music

    Pain.
    http://www.nhs.uk/Livewell/Pain/Pages/Longtermpain.aspx
    http://www.britishpainsociety.org/patient_faq.htm#q1

    Blisters
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blister
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Calluses
    www.nhs.uk/Conditions/Blisters/Pages/Treatment.aspx


    Basic motor skills examination as a reference to what should happen in one.
    edinfo.med.nyu.edu/courseware/neurosurgery/motor.html

    Bones of the hand
    www.infovisual.info/03/027_en.html
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carpus

    Muscle groups of the hand and arm
    http://youtu.be/BTEjO6F1-vI

    In this link you will find details of many Specialist Companies and Medical Facilities, please feel free to browse. None of these services are endorsed by TB or myself.
    http://ww2.handuniversity.com
    http://youtu.be/bbwV974mlJA
    http://littleguitarworks.com
     
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  2. cliffbass

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  3. jonnyonbass

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    yea, helpful. thanks. just turned forty and keeping up a very busy playing schedule. noticed that stretching the muscles often and keeping them from getting stiff in between playing makes a big difference. not only the muscles in your hands and arms, but all the way through your back (and even your entire body).
     
  4. BD Bass

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    Wow..I sold my bass for a 50 cal, tactical assault rifle.........!
    Really.....thats alot to read....super helpful, I must admit

    wheres my bullets
     
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  6. MyWifeBoris

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    I don't see why you'd need your eyes for bass-playing.

    Though, I CAN see why you would for playing a nonfretted bass.
     
  7. tobie

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    You may want to add http://www.handuniversity.com. It helped me discover RTS (radial tunnel syndrome - easily confused with CTS and not a stranger to quite a few bass players).
     
  8. Wholksdaskppy

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    U fella's seen that new Torzal Twist Bass? its supposed to make some of those problems at least kick in later down the road. Im sure its gotta be expensive lil beast too. but peep it:
     
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  9. Fergie Fulton

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  10. fearceol

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    Even if music charts came in braille form, you could not read and play at the same time. :p
     
  11. schmittzil

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    AHHH! I was wondering what was on my hand....A heberden node....well.....
     
  12. the yeti

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    but about the 2nd week in december i had a prp injection in my elbow. it seems to be working. they condense your blood and inject it into the tendon and it causes new growth (hey, i'm a bass player, not a scientist). i've had several cortisone shots over the last few years, this seems to actually be healing and not just covering it up.

    2 negatives-1) most insurance doesn't cover this (still experimental) and 2) it hurts! a lot. that said i'd do it again.

    so if you haven't heard of it now you have, and if you haven't heard from somebody that's actually had it done same thing.
     
  13. Biggchief basso

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    Thanks Great Info!, Im going next week to doctors. Im thinking I have Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
     
  14. Old Fart

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    Whoa! Bass-playing is more dangerous than I thought!
     
  15. NortyFiner

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    I have Cubital Tunnel Syndrome in both arms. It's not so much from playing bass, as it is from 20 years of cranking wrenches as a US Navy mechanic. My CTS sometimes flares up when I play fingerstyle for too long, or sleep in the wrong position, or otherwise have my arms or wrists bent too much for too long. I have always treated it simply by being more mindful of my body positions, OTC anti-inflams, and using arm and/or wrist braces when it gets bad.
     
  16. Metal Bassist

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    I am starting to develop trigger finger, How do I stop this?
     
  17. Fergie Fulton

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  18. Slink

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    I'm glad you started this thread, been experiencing pain myself hope to find something useful
     
  19. Punk player21

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    I have accauly been diagnosed with RTS about a week ago,it sucks.
     
  20. ghostsontheroad

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  21. Electricblue

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    I can read women like a book. I use braille, but that's besides the point.
     

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