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May. 21st, 2005 @ 11:33 pm Tendonitis... argh.
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Date:May 23rd, 2005 05:32 am (UTC)
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Nice to meet you ~ although not necessarily on this list. *gentle smile*

Have you explored acupuncture? I find it works wonders for the Tenosynovitus that I was diagnosed with. It hasn't disappeared, but I can manage it and the pain, which is the main thing. Just a suggestion . . .
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Date:May 23rd, 2005 10:33 pm (UTC)
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Acupuncture sounds like a good idea... too bad I have a horrible needle phobia. Ha.

Just trying to get through the next few weeks, then I'll be sure to take lots of time off and rest. I'm pretty sure it's from overuse, since I've never had this problem before. Scary thing is, I'm starting to notice more tension in my neck and right wrist also. Hopefully it'll stay manageable through the slew of gigs/performances coming up.

My friend who plays the trumpet says he takes at least one day off a week. It helps him out mentally and physically... maybe a good way to reduce injuries? How many of you take time off on a weekly basis? Just curious, because I know it's probably something I should start doing...
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Date:May 24th, 2005 04:13 pm (UTC)
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heh..... time off?

well it is generally recommended that a pianist shouldn't practice more than 4 hours a day.... in practice, this is generally ignored. 7-10 hour days is not unheard of, especially if preparing for a specific event. The Left-Hand alone pianist Leon Fleischer lost the use of his right hand through overpractice. As have many of the greats from the past done injury to themselves.

so, my recommendation, always, always, always properly warm up, no short-cuts. after that, either take a day off a week or shorten your daily practice schedule. These are good recommendation for pianists.... I only assume they are relevant towards the violin.

I know it is tough, we as musicians look for reasons to practice, not reasons to avoid practice.

Glad to know you even through these unfortunate circumstances

~left-hand alone pianist extraordinaire