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11 March 2010 @ 11:01 am
Sore Right Fingers and Wrist  
I've been playing the flute for about 6 months after a hiatus of several years. I'm playing with a community band, and as our big yearly concert is approaching, we've been putting in lots of extra practice time, and I've been putting in more of my own. For the last week or so the amount of time I've been able to practice has gotten shorter and shorter because the ring and little fingers of my right hand have been sore. Now the pain has moved into my my right wrist (the outer side.) Do you have any tips for correcting this? I've been looking at my right arm position relative to my wrist, but I don't know if there is anything wrong with it or not. Those last two fingers are my weakest, but they're some of the most important. I have joint hypermobility (double-jointed) and when my fingers are tired or when I'm stretching my little finger to play the lower notes, the knuckle of that little finger has a tendency to "pop out," making it painful and harder to move. How can I strengthen not just my fingers but my joints?
. f a e r y . d u s t  .languidbuterfly on March 11th, 2010 08:38 am (UTC)
I had similar problems. I also have hypermobility problems, and these were though to be a part of it, in the end it turned out to be RSI, which has never gone away, but hopefully you are early enough in the case that care and attention will help you. the exercises on this website were what I was told to do, http://www.stretchnow.com.au/exercises/hands.htm sorry, i have no idead how to effectively make that a link, I'm hoping here. Also the most useful one I found which is not on that page is to place your palm at shoulder height against a wall and turn your body away from it, then rotate hand forward 90 degrees and do the same, and backward, same again. This is painful but effective. Also there are a few dietary things which you may find useful if you're able to stomach curries, large ammounts of tumeric and ginger do wonders for this kind of injury as they are natural anti inflammatories. Strangely enough, the only way to strengthen your joints in terms of technique, is to strap them, so that they have no choice but to get used to the position they have to hold the flute in, which is not natural, and really, when you're holding it for hours, the thing is heavy! Hope that this is helpful in some way, and also that you don't have tendonitis or RSI at all, and that you really just need some face time with a half kilo dumbell!

Kristenluckydragongirl on March 12th, 2010 03:51 am (UTC)
Thank you so much for this incredibly helpful info! I started doing the exercises right away, and the stretching makes my hands feel so much better. What do you mean by strapping the joints? Like taping them?