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Help my wrists on fire

Discussion in 'Technique [BG]' started by Jiro, Aug 25, 2004.

  1. Jiro


    Mar 15, 2004
    Okay, I just learned like 13 songs in like 2 weeks and suppost to learn about 50 more by the end of september... My wrist is starting to hurt but i cant afford to stop practicing! What do I do? Glucosamine Sulfate suppliments I heard these help your joints somehow has anyone else taken them? besides that what else can i do to help my wrist get better? i dont want to go to the doctor I dont think its that bad yet but if i dont do something soon i might have to later.
  2. Munjibunga

    Munjibunga Total Hyper-Elite Member Gold Supporting Member

    May 6, 2000
    San Diego (when not at Groom Lake)
    Independent Contractor to Bass San Diego
    Turn up your amp and use a lighter touch.
  3. invisiman


    Feb 22, 2004
    Which wrist? The Fretting hand one? Or The picking one?
  4. Jiro


    Mar 15, 2004
    My fretted hand one haha sorry
  5. invisiman


    Feb 22, 2004
    I'd check your technique, and try to make sure you never have it at an awkward angle for to long. Other than taht, I'd recommend wearing a brace between your practices.
  6. LowEbandit


    Aug 11, 2004
    Glucosamine Sulfate suppliments take about 6 months to start working effectivly, but I guess it can't hurt. Take a couple days off, your wrist will thank you and it's better to rest your wrist now than not being able to move it all when the time comes at the end of september...
    Also good advice....
  7. jokerjkny


    Jan 19, 2002
    NY / NJ / PHL
    and learn to play relaxed. also, after each practice session, try using a heated pad to keep the blood moving in your wrist, and to relieve the tension.
  8. Jiro


    Mar 15, 2004
    heated pad, turn up the amp a bit, use a lighter touch, make sure im not at an awkward angle for too long, wearing a brace between my practices, all good advice thanks guys now i can go even into more extremes. practice 24/7 lol
  9. xyllion

    xyllion Commercial User

    Jan 14, 2003
    San Jose, CA, USA
    Owner, Looperlative Audio Products
    Yep, playing relaxed is the key. Your thumb should not be putting any pressure on the neck. If you are pinching the neck, you will cause damage. This is one reason why I like light gauge strings and low action. It forces a light touch.
  10. Whafrodamus


    Oct 29, 2003
    Andover, MA
    There are special pills that you can only find withing.. Hrm.. what are they called? Oh yes.. Chill Pills.. Take one.
  11. abaguer


    Nov 27, 2001
    Milford, NJ
    Make sure your posture is good (I practice with a strap even when sitting down); make sure your wrist is not crooked for too long. Try practicing in front of a mirror and check out your forearm and try to keed a straight line when possible. Oh yeah, remember to breathe. ;)
  12. embellisher

    embellisher Holy Ghost filled Bass Player Supporting Member

    Are you wearing the bass too high or too low? If you are, that can cause your wrist to be at an unnatural angle, and lead to RSI, which is not something you want.

    I am moving this to Technique.
  13. Joe P

    Joe P

    Jul 15, 2004
    Milwaukee, WI
    What? Do you mean 'excessive pressure'?

  14. Sounds like repetative stress syndrome, that could lead to carple tunel. Comes from gripping to hard!!! let your hand glide by relaxing your thumb. Reduce the swelling by icing your wrist when done playing (like any sports injury) Advil 400-600 mg every 6 hours around the clock for 3 or 4 days (its not just a pain killer but a very good anti inflammatory)and continue ice wraps for 2 days. Then heating pad to speed the healling.

    Best bet is to lay off for 48 hours and bring down the swelling!!! then really try to "fret lightly". If the above therapy dosent work go to your doctor and try to get a scrip anti inflamitory like Cialis . But if you dont take it easy it will get worse and worse untill the point that you wont even be able to wipe your own butt!!! :D

    Hope this helps I feel for you , I developed C P from 25 years of being a chef and griping butcher knives to tight!!
  15. Although you are saying you dont want to go to the doctor I´ll will highly reccomend you to do it. About 4 months ago i started with some wrist pain at both of my wrists, I didnt do much about it, just some stretching and rest, and continue playing, but after more than a month it just got worst almost to the point were i couldnt play at all, and thats when I got really scared and decided to go to the doctor, maybe a little to late. They make me this bunch of tests and diagnostic me with cubital syndrome and atrapment of the median nerve (thats where you rest the forearm of the picking hand), thanks god no cts was mention, and no surgery is needed. So after 2 months of doing rehab i have just improve a little, enough to play again, but not much as a I wish, it still gives me pain to play and for the time being slapping is not even consider.

    So if their is pane, you must be doing something wrong, as everyone has mention, maybe your technique, or to much pressure while you play, try to visualize yourself to find out what you are doing wrong and dont cross out the idea of going to the doctor, it wont do you any harm and can make things much better. Remember that not being able to play bass would be a real pain in the .....Specially if you really love to play bass.
  16. uprightdave


    Jul 26, 2004
    I've had serious problems, started taking glucosamine and DAYS later noticed a big difference. I take it regularly and have very little problems with pain. Years ago I had to stop because of pain, had I known about glucosamine....
    Definitely make sure ALL the other issues have been covered first, hand position, bass position, relaxing your shoulders, arms and hands, etc. Good luck! Need a sub?? just kidding!
  17. seanm

    seanm I'd kill for a Nobel Peace Prize! Supporting Member

    Feb 19, 2004
    Ottawa, Canada
    Something I learned from cycling is: don't try to change too much at once. If somebody tells you that your technique is wrong, and the solution hurts, don't do it. Everybody's hands are different and the "correct technique" may not work for you. However, trying to slowly nudge yourself towards the "correct technique" might work.
  18. RicPlaya


    Apr 22, 2003
    Whitmoretucky MI
    First make sure your thumb is behind your middle finger while playing (or near). A ton of bassists play bass with the web of their thumb on the neck of the bass...this is bad. I always put too much pressure on my thumb too, my wrist hurts sometimes from that.
  19. andrewd


    Sep 5, 2003
    Boston, MA
    definitely keep your thumb behind the neck at all times...you aren't playing guitar here, you dont need to play big barre chords ;)
  20. bigbeefdog

    bigbeefdog Who let the dogs in?

    Jul 7, 2003
    Mandeville, LA
    B-vitamins are thought to help, although some experts don't agree.

    Run a Google search on "carpal tunnel" and "B vitamins" and judge for yourself.