Years ago when I was competing with firearms, I began to suffer similar symptoms and CT was thwarted by strengthening my wrists and hands by using kettle weights and taking up the sport of fencing plus conducting a ghost band. Too, I was squeezing plastalina, tennis balls and hand springs. All of these therapeudics were recommended by a Doc who later saved my life by referring me to emergency aneurism surgery. However, I did get pretty good turning on and off light switchs with my foil. Can't tell if my conducting was any good though.
Too, I tip my trumpet or cornet to the right and DO NOT USE THE PINKY RING compressing the valves only with the tips of my fingers. I'm often disconcerted when I don't clip my fingernails to hear them click on the keys, especially now that I can hear so well again. Yep, consult with a Doc ASAP.
Last edited by Ed Lee; 01-30-2013 at 11:14 PM.
Warburton just came out with a new product for players. It's a horn grip that helps keep the horn in the proper valve position. It might be worth a shot. As a comeback player I have had lots of issues with hand comfort. I'm probably going to order the horn grip soon. Good luck.
Thanks for all the help guys - I have booked an appointment to go and see my local GP early next week - not a specialist I know but good to start with.
Also I have no idea if they will make a difference but am trying some arthritic compression gloves in the meantime, along with typing one handed in work and dosing up the pain killers!
As for how I hold the trumpet, yes I have always used my right pinky in the ring and probably put undue pressure on it, so will try and alter that.
For the moment I am just practicing very slow scales with the left hand to rest my right one entirely as it hurts too much. (Got To keep my lip in!).
I had to google what the alexander technique was - I have never heard of it before - are there particular specialists for musician / RSI type injuries that you would recommend going to in the UK (over seeing a normal GP?)
I gave you a rep point for sheer persistence gmonady!
thanks again all!
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