Playing after recovery of any kind.

Discussion in 'Trumpet Discussion' started by Sofus, Jun 22, 2010.

  1. Sofus

    Sofus Forte User

    Jul 26, 2008
    Every now and then people get sick or have to undergo surgery
    of various kinds. The time it takes to recover enough to be able
    to play the trumpet again should be of interrest to all of us, since
    illness can affect us all.

    So, please tell YOUR story about what affected you, how the
    recovery went and how long it took for you to recover enough
    to play again!

    The intention of this thread is to create a bank of experiences
    that players now and in the future can make use of.
    Injuries, sickness etc. are things that most likely will scourge
    us in the future, as well as in the present . . .
    Last edited: Jun 22, 2010
  2. Solar Bell

    Solar Bell Moderator Staff Member

    May 11, 2005
    Metro Detroit
  3. Makke

    Makke New Friend

    Nov 3, 2006
    The Netherlands
    In my life, I had some 30+ cavities filled, 5 extractions, 3 rootcanals and various other minor things done.

    In all, the extractions are the hardest to recover from. Mostly, part of your gums are bruised and sore most for several days. Especially the part where the extracted tooth was. This can take up to 2 weeks to heal enough to get back playing again.

    For root canals, it can take up to a week in my experience.

    Cavaties which are being drilled and filled need some time to harden, as with root canals. Most of the time, I'm back playing in about a day.

    The biggest problem for me however, is getting back the trust in my teeth to get back playing again. Everytime something is done in my mouth, I'm "affraid" to get back playing. With fillings, it's not such a big deal. With extractions, root canals and other big things it's a bigger problem. I know it's a psychological thing, but it's something I have to deal with every time.

    Furthermore, it's all about getting "acquainted" (sp?) with the new setup of your teeth. How good a dentist is, your teeth always are slightly different after treatment and you have to get familiar with your mouth again. I think this is the best description for me. My mouth changed dramatically over the years. Sometimes it takes longer to get familiar than other times.

    Again, the hardest part is trust your teeth again.

    I did have some back issues several years ago. The muscles in my back had problems due to lifting heavy weights the wrong way. I was young, naïve and didn't want to give up. Finally, the muscles developed "knots" which pushed on my nerves in my back, which finally led to my legs quiting on me. Quite frightening experience I can tell you. It was fairly quickly resolved however, with help of a physiotherapist and som muscle relaxing medicines. During that time, I wasn't aloud to play. Recovery lasted about 4 weeks, than I got the green light again.

    I hope my experiences help someone.
    Last edited: Jun 24, 2010
  4. SteveRicks

    SteveRicks Fortissimo User

    Aug 15, 2009
    While this is a little off topic, I have often heard that trumpet players complain about pain in their legs after strenuous playing. In fact, I've noticed after a demanding set, sometimes my lower calves hurt more than my chops. This might be important to note for anyone who has leg surgery.
  5. Ed Lee

    Ed Lee Utimate User

    Aug 16, 2009
    Jackson NC
    This is a symptom of the onset of diabetes I was told by my endochrinologist. Too, it is a symptom of Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD) I was told by my cardio-vascular specialist.

    BINGO! I suffer from both. Recommendation, sit on forward edge of hard chairs as much as you can, and then only for such minimal duration as is necessary.

    Now at age 74, open heart surgery is imminent for me.
  6. tedh1951

    tedh1951 Utimate User

    Oct 18, 2007
    The Wide Brown Land
    Read David Monette's Body Centering discussions on his website and just r e l a x - it works if you can just r e l a x. Deals with backs and legs and neck and everything attached to all those bits - it's worth a read. :-)
  7. dan42guy

    dan42guy New Friend

    May 6, 2010
    Fort Worth, TX
    I've had a few hernia surgeries in my time (all from playing high notes incorrectly) and here's what I did to get back in shape:

    First of all, if you have to have a hernia surgery, try to get it done laparoscopically. This will reduce the recovery time by about 75%.
    The other thing that is an issue is that even once you're allowed to play, it's still a long time before you can stop "taking it easy." With my first two surgeries the doctor told me to wait a month before playing again and then wait another 2 months before playing intensively. When it was laparoscopic, the wait time was a week to play and a month to play hard.

    What did I do to get back in shape?

    In a word, Bousqet.
    The Bousquet studies are long and low. The few times they go above the staff they don't stay there long. It's a great way to work on endurance, musicality and tone without any straining. Also, I cheated. When the doctor said don't play for a month, I gave him 20 days. When he said a week, I gave him 5. Probably not the wisest choice i've ever made...

    When I'm recovering after being sick or something (most recently swine flu for a week) I follow this plan and so far it's worked great!

    Step 1. Play until you are exhausted then play some more. The next day, just play really soft and low for about 2-5 minutes.

    Step 2. Repeat until your strength comes back.

    I got that idea after doing P90X for a month. (I stopped for the flu) I learned that when you're trying to build muscle, the worst thing you can do is work it out every day. Work hard one day and let your body recuperate the next. The reason you have to practice at all on the second day is that the muscles in our faces atrophy faster than most muscles, so you need to remind them that they're needed without working them to hard.
  8. rowuk

    rowuk Moderator Staff Member

    Jun 18, 2006
    Pain in the legs, often it is a bit higher and has something to do with the company we keep..............................

    If we slow down, we discover that our body gives us TONS of clues, unless the clues are medicated away. learning to listen to our bodies is the most important lesson that there is. It also makes us instantly better.
  9. Dark Knight

    Dark Knight Pianissimo User

    Apr 7, 2010
    Cold and flu season started early in my neck of the woods. I caught some type of upper respiratory tract thing last week and it knock me on my @$$. The fever lasted several days to the point I could not even think of picking up the horn for the first time of my comeback a year ago. After three days I had some spare energy and tried to practice. I felt like my ear drums were going to explode, so I once again put down the horn for another three days.

    Almost a week later, I decided that I could not wait any longer to practice. Much to my great surprise, I have lost enormous endurance and range. My lips get puffy about 20 min into the practice. The notes above E sounded airy and it was difficult for the lips to vibrate on the lower notes i.e., G below the stave. Before I got sick only one week ago, I would have two separate practice sessions, each 45 min in duration. After three days now, it is about two separate 20 minute sessions. I know it will comeback but wow I did not I expected to lose but not that much.

    I, too, am interested in how long recovery takes from a flu. I am very inetersted to read what people do.

  10. tedh1951

    tedh1951 Utimate User

    Oct 18, 2007
    The Wide Brown Land
    What happened DK? Did it knock you on your wallet?

    Such an apparently massive loss of capacity, in such a relatively short period of time, rather indicates that you still have a lot of potential in terms of your development. If you had reached full match fitness, I reckon the loss might not have been so much - never mind, you know what it takes to maintain your face, and how you respond to time off - take this info about self, learn, and advance. It's good that you are recovering too.

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