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Carpal tunnel syndrome question

Discussion in 'Off Topic [BG]' started by buldog5151bass, Apr 18, 2018.

  1. buldog5151bass

    buldog5151bass Kibble, milkbones, and P Basses. And redheads.

    Oct 22, 2003
    I am dealing with it, and hopefully trying to avoid surgery (of course, just as the gigging season begins). Stretching exercises for the wrists help. Anyone have any good sites with more of these type exercises to try? Thanks.
  2. Stumbo

    Stumbo Guest

    Feb 11, 2008
    IME, you gotta change your technique to reduce CTS.

    Possibly change to a short scale bass/lighter bass with a thinner/narrower neck.
  3. buldog5151bass

    buldog5151bass Kibble, milkbones, and P Basses. And redheads.

    Oct 22, 2003
    Down the road I may have to, but stretching the inner wrist helps a lot, so just seeing what I can do.
  4. Mktrat

    Mktrat Seriously, are we not doing phrasing anymore?

    Apr 9, 2013
    The Mitten
    I'll just leave this here.....


    Yes, I am a TOTAL fanboy, but it makes my playing pain free.

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  5. Stumbo

    Stumbo Guest

    Feb 11, 2008
    It may be too late later.
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  6. ONYX


    Apr 14, 2000
    You should probably consult with a doctor and or physical therapist before starting any stretching routine. Some exercise can actually aggravate/worsen your condition.
  7. buldog5151bass

    buldog5151bass Kibble, milkbones, and P Basses. And redheads.

    Oct 22, 2003
    I am. I am going back in a month.
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  8. maxmaroon

    maxmaroon Guest

    Oct 25, 2010
    Technique is the first place to start but after you have ruled that out look into your body posture and breathing. The alexander technique is extremely helpful for posture issues.

    I had struggled with wrist issues for a long time and after correcting bad habits and posture issues I was still having some trouble. Deep breathing exercises were the last piece of the puzzle to eliminate the issues for me (I also found long cold showers to be helpful.) I do not at all like to give health advice because there are so many variables to consider but wanted to pass this along in case there was a slight chance it could help you in some way. I reached the point where I tried everything sensible and my final solution ended up being the last thing I considered. Slow down your breathing, breathe as deep as possible, and focus your breath where you are having pain. If you are having consistent soreness or pain you can try this: take 30 deep long breaths, exhale completely and then do not breathe for as long as you feel comfortable (you'll be able to go for longer than you think), then inhale deeply and hold the breath, pushing it up into your head. Repeat this cycle 3 times. Take it easy at first with these exercises. I can't tell you how much this has helped me and I wish I had experimented with it earlier: though I am glad I solved my technique and posture issues first.

    Hopefully there is a simple solution for your wrists but many times it's multiple variables and one positive change isn't enough. If you want more info or suggestions feel free to pm me anytime.
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