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    Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

    I'm surprised no one has started a thread about this given that we probably also play the guitars we make, anyway, I've been seeing alot of American musicians ending up with something called Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, I think I might have temporarily suffered from a bit of it this year myself.

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    sounds like a nasty disease Doc, would a multiscale axe help with the more comfortable fretting hand positions ?
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    About 15 years ago Guitar Player magazine did a series about avoiding overuse injuries. Generally the consensus is playing the guitar low (eg look at Pest's avatar) is a major cause. You should really be picking just above your belt buckle with the guitar positioned so your arms hang naturally in playing position without strain in your shoulders or wrists.
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    Quote Originally Posted by wokkaboy View Post
    sounds like a nasty disease Doc, would a multiscale axe help with the more comfortable fretting hand positions ?

    It's actually not a disease, it's basically muscle strain from overuse, I think what happens is that a passageway in your wrist, called the Carpal Tunnel (it provides a path for the nerves that go to your hand), gets inflamed and it constricts around the nerves which are responsible for flexing your wrist and fingers, when that happens your hand goes numb and you can't move your wrist, fingers, or thumb, in serious cases you can end up permanently loosing the ability to use your hand because the pinched nerves can die.



    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carpal_tunnel_syndrome
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    wow ok thanks for the background Doc, no wonder you are a Doc !
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    Quote Originally Posted by wokkaboy View Post
    wow ok thanks for the background Doc, no wonder you are a Doc !



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    Quote Originally Posted by Fretworn View Post
    About 15 years ago Guitar Player magazine did a series about avoiding overuse injuries. Generally the consensus is playing the guitar low (eg look at Pest's avatar) is a major cause. You should really be picking just above your belt buckle with the guitar positioned so your arms hang naturally in playing position without strain in your shoulders or wrists.
    Aw thanks for the example there Fretty
    IF you were all wondering if my bass is normally too low, I did raise it, the strap did slip a little during a song though... Normally my picking hand is right at my buckle height or a fraction below it, that is where I am most comfortable.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DrNomis_44 View Post
    I see that you have a pic of Mark Brandon "Chopper" Reed as your Avatar, he passed away on the 9th October 2013, I think it was Liver failure from Cancer or something like that, he will be remembered as one of Australia's colourful characters, there's even a film based on his life.
    haha cheers Doc, my avatar is actually a comedian Ronnie Johns imitating Chopper, he's damn funny - you can't read it but it says "you need a glass of harden the 'beep' up" hahah

    if you want a laugh click on the YT link and warning some of the language isn't kid safe haha
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    Quote Originally Posted by wokkaboy View Post
    haha cheers Doc, my avatar is actually a comedian Ronnie Johns imitating Chopper, he's damn funny - you can't read it but it says "you need a glass of harden the 'beep' up" hahah

    if you want a laugh click on the YT link and warning some of the language isn't kid safe haha
    https://www.youtube.com/results?sear...r+ronnie+johns


    Cheers, got that bookmarked now.

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    I've been watching some again Doc and trying not to laugh too loud at work, classic skits. I guarantee you won't stop laughing and make sure any kids aren't around !
    A tip watch the first compilation 1 of 6 and the others will follow
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