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DocDosco



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PostPosted: Sun Jan 11, 2009 8:37 am    Post subject: Health issues forum for guitarists Reply with quote

Hi all,

I am plugging a health issues forum for guitarists. It almost went down in flames from lack of activity recently, so I figured those guitarists with pressing health matters (or simply interested in health issues) might like to join up over there, support the forum and share information.

It is called the Diabetic Guitarist forum. It is not only for decrepit older guitarists (like me) who have burned the candle at both ends and ruined their pancreas, but open for any guitarist who wants to ask questions or post experiences about matters of health and well being.

It could be a valuable online resource for those of us with health concerns

http://launch.groups.yahoo.com/group/Diabetic_Guitarists/

Thanks.... Peace!
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 11, 2009 7:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

That's not a bad idea, Doc. After thinking about the different health concerns concerning guitarists for a while, I noticed that there are a lot of conditions besides diabetes that can really affect us significantly. Here's just a quick list.

Back problems- I have had to use smaller and lighter amps because I can't lift them anymore without pain. I've also had to play with the guitar in a different position becauwe of back pain.

Hearing loss- I think this one is self explanatory.

Breathing problems -from playing in smaoke filled places with bad ventilation.

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome --from poor playing positions.

Arthritis- in fingers and wrists.

This list is by no means complete. By recognizing some of these prolems, we may be able to to avoid some of the things that can affect our aility to play.
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DocDosco



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PostPosted: Sun Jan 11, 2009 9:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

This forum began several years ago and then it was forgotten about.

The moderator was about to close it but a few memebers wanted it to remain up.

I figured I would spread the word and perhaps get some new blood. Also, it has been opened up to any and all health issues facing guitarists.

If you have found solutions to your back problems you care to share, join in...

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PostPosted: Mon Jan 12, 2009 3:41 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

One of the first things I had to do was to get amps that were much lighter than what I had. I used to use a Fender Twin reissue which gave me the best sound but I'm down to a small Kustom bass amp. The sound is no where near the twin but sometimes you have to sacrifice one thing for another. The second solution was to move the guitar position somewhere in between waist on the right leg and classical position. The lower bout rests on my right leg. I've got to use a strap or else the instrument will fall off my lap. The third solution was to sit while I play with my back as straight as I can comfortably get. The last two made the biggest difference. I used to sit hunched over the guitar. Check out how Bucky Pizzarelli plays. That's how I used to sit.

Oh yeah, I almost forgot. Don't play an all mahogany Les Paul custom. That thing was a boat anchor.
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 12, 2009 9:01 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I sit when I play too but I haven't carried a strap for years.

Join the guitarist health issues forum if you like. Can't hurt to monitor it for health info and post questions or answers....


http://launch.groups.yahoo.com/group/Diabetic_Guitarists/messages





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PostPosted: Mon Jan 12, 2009 11:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I definitely will Doc. Who knows how many guitarists it will help that couldn't be helped before. Knowledge is power when used right.
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 15, 2009 2:40 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

i'm only 21 and i've dealt with bouts of tendonitis for years now. my last run-in with it hasn't been for a few months but it's always around the corner. it's a constant thing i have to watch out for and it sortof sucks to be afraid of working out at the gym for fear of not being able to play. i'm in a serious group that practices regularly and i teach private lessons which gets me by. any time i have an injury it risks me losing money and patience from bandmates, all with whom i'm lucky to play with.

i have the less-common tendonitis in my ulnar nerve; i don't know anyone but musicians who injure this one.

biggest things for PREVENTING this kind of stuff are stretching and light weight exercises. to stretch, hold your palm at a 90 degree angle and gently pull on the fingers until you feel tension, and hold for 15 seconds. do the same thing for the wrist pointing to the floor and hold.

i'm sure there are other ones but i've been doing these and they've worked pretty well so far.
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 15, 2009 6:48 pm    Post subject: Thanks For the Link Reply with quote

I have diabetes and never thought about it in relationship to playing guitar.

I have been suffering with encapsulated shoulder on the right side for several months and have just about completed PT.

This meant virtually no hollowbody or acoustic guitar for 4 months. NOT FUN!
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