Traditional Irish Music
About two weeks ago after playing the box, I started having joint pain.
I gave my wrist a little rest but the pain got worse.
The doctor examined me and said I have a minor case of tendon inflammation
and I have to give it more rest and perhaps start taking pills to make the recovery process go quicker.
This is the first time this has ever happened to me and I'm trying not to be worried.
Why worry? I've heard that once you start having inflammations, they will come
back and will need constant attention.
Has this ever happened to you? Do you think box players tend to put more pressure on their
hands or is it common for all ITM instruments?
Any tips on how to prevent this from happening in the future or is it inevitable?...
A general tip when it comes to musical instruments is to avoid "death grip" I experienced that myself when playing uilleann pipes, as if holding tighter instead of sealing the holes properly would help.. A psychological phenomenon i guess. I get tired really fast playing the flute as well now i just got it.
Try to relax and play waay slow with minimal physical input and see if it makes a difference (i bet it will) : )
Good luck and speedy recovery!
Hey Lars, first of all thanks for the answer!
I do tend to have a "death grip" on the Uilleann pipes even though I've been playing it for two years now.
It's frustrating, having to remember to loosen your grip all the time.
When it comes to the box, it's a different story for me since you don't really grip anything,
you just jam your thumb and all your other fingers are pretty much loose. I will try to be more
aware of the pressure I put on my thumb, see how it goes.. :( Thanks again.