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MikeHull
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hmmm.

anyone got any tips on how i can stop my wrist hurting after practicing on my guitar?

Its my fretting hand wrist thats hurting.


   
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dogbite
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anti inflamatories...Ibuprofen.
then examine your wrist angle and other positions. there is a reason you hurt. it could be from what you do or it could be something wacky in your wrist that is bothered by playing.

see a sports doctor.

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satch_da_man
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Ice after practice. Stretching the fingers and wrist before practice. Warm up and cool down just like you were gonna run a 10K.


   
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MikeHull
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Ice after practice. Stretching the fingers and wrist before practice. Warm up and cool down just like you were gonna run a 10K.

id have a cardiac after 100m, let alone 10k LOL

cheers guys :D


   
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Vic Lewis VL
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Pain is usually your body's way of telling you there's something wrong, or you're over-doing it. Try and rest your wrist for a couple of days, then pay more attention to your wrist position when fretting. If the pain persists, see a doctor.

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MikeHull
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Running through Gmaj, Em, Am and Dmaj

this is just really showing my speed at changing chords - in relation to a few other posts i've made...

just getting hands into place for Dmaj and Gmaj, no sound.

another video i made at the same time as the ones above.

these show how i fret..


   
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Oenyaw
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vitamin B6

Vitamin B6 and carpal tunnel syndrome

Vitamin B6 was first recommended for carpal tunnel syndrome almost 30 years ago. Several popular books still recommend taking 100 to 200 milligrams (mg) of vitamin B6 daily to treat carpal tunnel syndrome, even though scientific studies do not indicate it is effective. Anyone taking large doses of vitamin B6 supplements for carpal tunnel syndrome needs to be aware that the Institute of Medicine recently established an upper tolerable limit of 100 mg per day for adults. There are documented cases in the literature of neuropathy caused by excessive vitamin B6 taken for treatment of carpal tunnel syndrome.

I take 100 mg / day. If I don't, after a few days my wrists are so week I can hardly turn a door knob. BUT DON'T OVER DO IT!
More than 100/day can cause nerve dammage.

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David Hodge
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Really surprised no one's mentioned this, but...

Is the way you hold the guitar in the first two videos normal for you? If so, I'd like to suggest you're holding your guitar too low. One might think that when sitting down it doesn't matter, but the fact is that most players tend to use their leg as a "wrist rest," and the arm and wrist tends to lie flat (or relatively flat) along the leg. Standing or sitting (and sitting means sitting up straight and not hunched over), your fretting hand should be about chest high, giving it free and easy access along the neck of the guitar.

This is a hard habit for a lot of people to break. Wearing a guitar strap (couldn't tell from the videos, sorry) can help. But mostly being conscious of not laying your arm out along your leg should help a lot.

That being said, though, playing this way combined with any number of other factors (especially how you sit and where your hands are postitioned when using a computer keyboard) can lead to carpal tunnel and/or RSI. If it hurts as bad as you say, you should see a doctor.

Hope this helps.

Peace


   
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Wes Inman
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David is right, you are holding the neck too low which causes your wrist to bend excessively. For the most part, your wrist looked pretty good, but obviously it is causing you to have problems.

You should also avoid tilting the guitar toward yourself so that you can see your fingers on the fingerboard. It is actually a little better to lean over the guitar if you must look.

The neck should be tilted up, the headstock should be about level with your ear.

Here is a video of a very good player with excellent form sitting down. Notice that his wrist never bends excessively (you must bend your wrist at times though). Notice how he bends over the guitar and does not tilt it up toward himself. It is also good form to rest the "waist" of your guitar on your left leg (if right-handed). It also helps to prop this leg up with a small footstool as well.

If you play standing, try shortening your strap to hold the guitar as shown in the video. It may not look as cool as players who wear their guitars low, but it is a lot better than having a permanent wrist injury. You need to change your technique now while you are starting out so you don't form bad habits that are hard to break.

It is true some people can hold the guitar low and not have problems, but you are not one of them. :D

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MikeHull
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Wes,

i try and practice stood up. When i do, i have the neck elevated quite high so that it puts my wrist under little stress.

Looking cool is a state of mind - better to look a little un-cool (i dont think playing the guitar around your ankles is that cool - you can still move around with it a bit higher!) and sound awesome than to look cool and play Blink 182 LOL I dont have it as high as my ear, but I do have it around shoulder level. This is usually quite comfy for me.

it doesnt hurt down the middle, only on the outside of the wrist.

When i sit down and practice, thats when i have the neck a little low - i usually lean over and use my leg as a rest for my arm, so i can get the wrist straighter on the fret board due to my finger length.

dhodge - I have a keyboard rest for my wrist to reduce CTS / RSI.


   
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I have heard people propose sticking the you fretting elbow out a bit. That's hard for me to get used to as I am used to holding my elbow close to me side. But it definitely has helped with my wrist pain. It gives me a better angle to the fret board.

Jim

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