Health Related Issues To Playing

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

  1. Fergie Fulton

    Fergie Fulton

    Nov 22, 2008
    Retrovibe Artist rota
    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

    Carpal Tunnel Syndrome ( CTS )
    And in case you missed it the TB thread of Carpal Tunnel

    Pinched nerve symptoms

    The radial nerve explained

    The ulnar nerve explained

    Sciatic Pain

    Nerve Flossing

    Cubital Tunnel syndrome, sometimes mistaken for CTS as symptoms appear to be similar

    Tendonitis complaints

    Trigger finger

    Dupuytrens Contracture

    Swollen hands

    Cold Hands/Poor Circulation

    Rheumatism & Arthritis

    Bony lumps on the fingers (nodes)

    Neck pain
    Neck Stretches.

    Shoulder area

    Back pain
    Back Stretches

    Varicose veins

    Hearing conditions.

    Problems with the eyes

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



    Basic motor skills examination as a reference to what should happen in one.

    Bones of the hand

    Muscle groups of the hand and arm

    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.
  2. cliffbass


    Aug 10, 2009
  3. 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

    BD Bass

    Jul 20, 2009
    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
  5. MyWifeBoris


    Jun 28, 2010
    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.
  6. tobie


    Nov 26, 2008
    You may want to add It helped me discover RTS (radial tunnel syndrome - easily confused with CTS and not a stranger to quite a few bass players).
  7. Wholksdaskppy


    Sep 22, 2010
    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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  8. Fergie Fulton

    Fergie Fulton

    Nov 22, 2008
    Retrovibe Artist rota
  9. fearceol


    Nov 14, 2006

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


    Nov 8, 2010
    AHHH! I was wondering what was on my hand....A heberden node....well.....
  11. the yeti

    the yeti

    Nov 6, 2007
    raleigh, nc
    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.
  12. Biggchief basso

    Biggchief basso

    Feb 20, 2011
    Thanks Great Info!, Im going next week to doctors. Im thinking I have Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  13. Old Fart

    Old Fart Supporting Member

    Mar 11, 2011
    Whoa! Bass-playing is more dangerous than I thought!
  14. NortyFiner

    NortyFiner Drunken Sailor Gold Supporting Member

    Mar 23, 2008
    Portsmouth VA USA
    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.
  15. Metal Bassist

    Metal Bassist

    Nov 6, 2010
    Wales, UK
    I am starting to develop trigger finger, How do I stop this?
  16. Fergie Fulton

    Fergie Fulton

    Nov 22, 2008
    Retrovibe Artist rota
  17. Slink


    Dec 27, 2005
    I'm glad you started this thread, been experiencing pain myself hope to find something useful
  18. Punk player21

    Punk player21

    May 9, 2011
    Austin MN
    I have accauly been diagnosed with RTS about a week ago,it sucks.
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  20. Electricblue


    Feb 1, 2011
    I can read women like a book. I use braille, but that's besides the point.
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