RSI (repetitive strain injury), carpal tunnel and tendinitis can be an extremely frustrating thing to deal with. If you can’t play music because of injury, you can become depressed, anxious and loose the will to recover. In 1989, practicing 8-10 hours a day, I was hit hard with carpal tunnel syndrome in both hands and couldn’t open my left hand at all. Soon after, I had surgery on my left wrist and could not play the saxophone for 4 months while healing. During that time I fell into a fairly deep depression and became self abusive as life as I knew it lost meaning. In retrospect I think I was being self absorbed and melodramatic, people suffer from far worse and I was fortunate to have the resources to get help and treatment. In any case, my prognosis was bad, after surgery, my hand specialist Stuart Brown, told me the inside of my wrist looked like that of a 60 year old man and I was only 22. He said that even after recovering from the operation I might not play 10 more years. 20 years later I’m still playing and although I still suffer from occasional flareups, I’ve found some great exercises along the way which have really helped me and helped me to live and perform nearly symptom free. All the very best that I’ve learned over the last 20 years I share in these four videos.
~Enjoy, and good luck.
Here’s a few yoga stretches that also help with RSI: