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  • How to stop joints from aching from playing?

    I've recently taken a break from playing guitar to focus more on other things, but now that I've gotten back to it I've noticed that my joints are starting to hurt from playing a lot more than they used to. I assume this will go away with time as I get reconditioned to the extreme hand positions of a guitar, but in the meantime are there any tricks to minimize the discomfort associated with playing?

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    Re: How to stop joints from aching from playing?

    All I do is play guitar, play video games, cook and type and my hands were starting to give out about a year ago. I bought a bunch of compression gloves and used them for a while without slowing down and after like 3 months I found myself needing them less often.
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    • #3
      Re: How to stop joints from aching from playing?

      When you're not playing, stretch your hands. There are plenty of online sources for good hand stretches, if you can't find them under "guitar hand stretches", try looking using search terms related to typing/keyboarding.
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      • #4
        Re: How to stop joints from aching from playing?

        Yep stretching

        That's the ticket

        My wrist and the center of my palm were what got me when I restarted playing
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        • #5
          Re: How to stop joints from aching from playing?

          If your discomfort is caused by arthritis, like mine is, a good over-the-counter pain reliever like ibuprofen, acetaminophen, or naproxen can really help.
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          • #6
            Re: How to stop joints from aching from playing?

            Stretching, acupuncture, and massages as I can get them helps a lot. You might want to go to someone who can look at how you are standing, the angles of your wrists, etc and make suggestions as how to modify your approach.
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            • #7
              Re: How to stop joints from aching from playing?

              I've found this relieves may aches and pains quite well. Purely for medicinal purposes of course.

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              • #8
                Re: How to stop joints from aching from playing?

                Keep your hands warm and try to avoid extreme heat changes in general and always warm up / stretch before put a tense on fingers / wrists. I hope your pain will go soon.

                I learned to live with it. I've been suffering from polyarthritis since '95. It has phases, from sublime slow foggy pain through ice picky to paralysing but it's always on. I took everything from legal to illegal, I tried every method, I visited all sort of docs, specialists, shamans and whomsoever said he can help. They couldn't.

                The only way solving this was to accept this is what it is and to say **** pain, I want to play and I won't let pain to stop this. Anger helped me a lot. After a time it is possible to get used to both pain and anger and to channel them to good things and from that point focus on good things only.
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                • #9
                  Re: How to stop joints from aching from playing?

                  you probably dont, but if you do, dont wear a watch..
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                  • #10
                    Re: How to stop joints from aching from playing?

                    Adjust your guitar strap. It looks cool to have your guitar dangling below your balls, but it's murder on your wrists. :P
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                    • #11
                      Re: How to stop joints from aching from playing?

                      Originally posted by GuitarStv View Post
                      Adjust your guitar strap. It looks cool to have your guitar dangling below your balls, but it's murder on your wrists. :P
                      I must be one of the few who don't think that it looks cool.
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                      • #12
                        Re: How to stop joints from aching from playing?

                        Stretch and warm up. To go in running Malmsteen and Vai licks off the bat. You'll kill your hands that way. Warm up with some scale patterns at a slow pace. Slowly increase the speed. Do chord changes up and down the neck. Pick a song that works as a good warmup and run through it a bit by yourself. I know if I don't warm up before rehearsal or a gig, my hands will let me know about it later.

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                        • #13
                          Re: How to stop joints from aching from playing?

                          Actually, one stupid thing that took me forever to unlearn was to relax. I used to try playing something fast on the guitar and my whole shoulder/arm/wrist would tense up. Then I'd try to power through it which would increase tension everywhere and after a while everything would start to hurt.

                          Relax. Shake out your hands a bit. Consciously force yourself to loosen up if you feel tension building. You'll play faster and more smoothly once you figure out whatever method works to do this for you.
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                          • #14
                            Re: How to stop joints from aching from playing?

                            Try a different guitar. Seriously. I have owned guitars that hurt my hand and/or wrist and some that don't. It is all about the shape of the neck, width of the neck, curved the fretboard, and the position the guitar hangs when you stand and/or sits on your legs when you sit.
                            Try some other guitars. It's all individual: if I play a wide, thin neck for long I will cramp and my wrist will hurt later. A narrow, round neck I can play for hours. Etc.

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                            • #15
                              Re: How to stop joints from aching from playing?

                              I use Capsaicin in one form or another. I still hurt, but at least I can move.

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