Health-Related Info for Bass Players

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Health-Related Info for Bass Players

Post by BassLine » 27 Jul 2014, 22:25

Here's a sticky collecting all health-related info for being a Bass Player.
eg. hands, posture, pain, hearing, etc.

Feel free to add links to any helpful threads/ sites (but please keep to topic).

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Great article "Bassists! Save Your Hands!"
http://www.bassplayer.com/lessons/1176/ ... ands/48098
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Post by Fizx » 27 Jul 2014, 22:41

Thanks a lot for this! I've been struggling for pretty much all this year with wrist pain. I've been seeing a specialist pretty regularly but a couple of these tips really help. :)
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Post by ozrider » 28 Jul 2014, 05:54

Thanks for the post - pre warm up warm up is a new thought for me. These days this stuff is top of mind - older I get the harder it is to heal so injury prevention is a must.

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Post by iyogaprops » 02 Mar 2015, 12:21

If you're having pain constantly, it's better to get it checked. There are also tons of remedies you can do like doing yoga (try following from a yoga DVD instructor if you don't have time) or warming up before playing.

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Post by billybass » 09 Mar 2015, 17:30

I am 64 in April and have had a problem with what is known as "trigger finger" where your finger joints can lock up sometimes.
My understanding is the problem occurs with tendons, (the ones that control your fingers,) going through a sheath, (near the upper side of the elbow), get bumps and inflamed from rubbing caused from continuous usage, the swelling and bumps restrict the easy movement of the tendons through the sheath, hence locking up.
I investigated surgery, but decided against it when I found out the procedure involves cutting back the sheath to allow free movement, and if the procedure goes wrong I may never play bass again.
I investigated alternative remedies.
The idea is to reduce the swelling and inflammation.
The solution I have had success with.
I have taken hemp seed oil every day, one tablespoon a day. Available at your local health food store. You can rub it on the area too.
Infer-red lamp, or infer-red spa treatment. These treatment work on reducing swelling and inflammation.
I have been doing this treatment for over 6 months and has shown dramatic improvement.
Some days still get stiffness and slight locking, but I am able to play the bass and it is not any where near as bad as it was before.
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Post by ozrider » 09 Mar 2015, 18:40

hemp oil helps with inflammation?

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Post by PilbaraBass » 09 Mar 2015, 19:21

There are really good stretching techniques for hands that really works... I've been doing them on and off for a couple of years with really good results
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Post by bigswifty » 09 Mar 2015, 19:57

Hey Bill,

I've had a trigger finger operation. There were no complications in my case but it did not fix the problem, although it helped.

I stretch *a lot* and while it helps with lots of things it hasn't made any difference to my trigger fingers (I actually have two, thumb and pinky on my fret hand).

I'm ok most of the time, but every now and then the pinky causes me trouble, and I've had to simply make some rather unfortunate technique changes to play around the problem.

No idea how this applies to anyone else, just reporting how it is for me.

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Post by BassLine » 09 Mar 2015, 20:53

Thanks Billy.

There's LOTS of other conditions that are associated with inflammation too - Noise Induced Hearing Loss is one of them.

I had a mild form of Trigger finger several years ago. It went away incidentally when I fixed up my diet for other health issues at the time.

I also started regularly using Fisiocrem anti-inflammatory cream regularly for hand/arm/neck/shoulder pain & stiffness. Chemists, Health Food Stores & selected health professionals stock it.
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Post by ozrider » 09 Mar 2015, 20:56

BassLine wrote:Thanks Billy.
There's LOTS of other conditions that are associated with inflammation - Noise Induced Hearing Loss is one of them.

I had a mild form of Trigger finger several years ago. It went away incidentally when I fixed up my diet for other health issues at the time.
What did you do? was it supplements?

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Post by rev matt » 10 Mar 2015, 10:36

I get muscular spasms in my forearm. I've been getting them since I was a teenager. It manifests as a closing of a finger or thumb that requires the help of another hand to physically open it back up again. All my physio has suggested is warming up and stretches before playing.
This didn't really work for me, I found hydration, usually with something like gatorade helps, but a mate of mine that plays fiddle, that also gets it, takes a magnesium supplement and swears by it. I am trying magnesium tablets daily at the moment, so far no spasms.
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Post by BassLine » 10 Mar 2015, 12:54

You can get a magnesium gel to rub onto the affected areas for rapid relief. Works wonders for a lot of people. Ancient Minerals brand IIRC.
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Post by Aussie Mark » 10 Mar 2015, 13:45

Magnesium works wonders as well for restless leg syndrome that us old blokes get.

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Post by ozrider » 10 Mar 2015, 14:11

Aussie Mark wrote:Magnesium works wonders as well for restless leg syndrome that us old blokes get.
I have restless children syndrome that wakes me up constantly... :cry

but they are so cute :D

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Post by rev matt » 12 Mar 2015, 13:38

ozrider wrote:
Aussie Mark wrote:Magnesium works wonders as well for restless leg syndrome that us old blokes get.
I have restless children syndrome that wakes me up constantly... :cry

but they are so cute :D

I think you can plan a face painting party and substitute sound deadening paint - works wonders (says the man with no kids)
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