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Arthritis Exercises. Helpful Advice

ch willie

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Rheumatoid mostly attacks my hips, hands, thumbs, and wrists.

A few days ago, I tried to play the old gem Life in the fast Lane, an easy play. Except that holding a pick was painful and I couldn’t play it in time.

I was depressed and admittedly felt a good dose of self pity.

I found this article and although it’s an SEO bs piece, it includes some helpful exercises.

Playing is actually good for arthritis sufferers. These exercises have been a great thing for me. I hope they can help you if your hands are painful.

 

goldtop0

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Sorry to hear of your plight willie and thanks for the advice as I advance in years (y)
 

Any Name You Wish

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For the past 5 years I have been doing these types of finger exercises and stretches. It does indeed work and you can re-gain dexterity and strength. I try to do them in a sequence that counterbalances. When I do a fist, I will follow it with a steeple-ing stretch. If you have seen recent videos of Keith you'll notice he is hunched over quite a bit. This is another area that guitarists have to watch out for. I try to play with my head up as much as possible rather than looking at the fretboard. Easier to do during lead runs or scales.
 

Doc Sausage

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Was I reading The Onion? It lost me here -
  • “He does not smoke, and neither does he encourage anyone to…”
The dude has been practically a chain smoker his whole life. WTF?
 

ch willie

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Was I reading The Onion? It lost me here -
  • “He does not smoke, and neither does he encourage anyone to…”
The dude has been practically a chain smoker his whole life. WTF?
Yeah, that’s a joke. Has he quit?

But the exercises are legit.
 

Doc Sausage

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Yeah, that’s a joke. Has he quit?

But the exercises are legit.
If I were his doc, I would not tell him to stop smoking now. I’m thinking Covid could not get past the lung tar layer. No vax necessary!

I’m fighting a bit of arthritis on my fret hand. I’ll check ‘em out. Thanks for posting.
 
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Vics53

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Read part of it but I will read the whole article. Thanks for posting!

I'm now 69 and spent 30 years in CNC machine shops. Lot's of heavy, hard work that's rough on the hands. I'm pretty darned lucky in that my hands/fingers don't hurt but I'm not as limber as I used to be. (Hard work and age!)

I also got into guitar very late in life and due to the long hours I worked I didn't have a whole lot of free time to practice like I wanted to. I've been retired since March of 2020 and just lately I've been able to get into playing a lot more. I even play guitar at church.

One thing I'm having a lot of trouble with is trying to increase my picking speed. It's like my wrist just seems to lock up. Takes me forever to get to a certain point but once I'm there I just can't get beyond it. Maybe it's the combination of age, the years of hard work and getting into guitar late in life. Maybe this article will help and if so thanks again.
 

ch willie

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Thanks, Avensis, but I have hope that a new medicine I've started will eventually help some. At least I can still play, even if I don't have the dexterity I had.
 
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