9 months ago I suffered a nerve injury due to leaning my elbow on my desk while working on the computer. 9 months later it is still not fully healed.
However, I have found that these key factors have helped tremendously to keep my arm from getting any worse and also to keep getting stronger.
- Lifting light weights
- Eating Healthier
- 30 minutes of Guitar Practice Daily
So what do I practice in this daily routine? Well this routine is basically put together to get my arm stronger and to build endurance. My arm is pretty weak considering what I used to play like. I can still play but I don’t have nearly as much endurance.
I put together practice elements that are in the Blues Techniques Lessons I created last year. The lessons in the Techniques videos are still what I do if I need to get my chops back in order.
Although my arm is not fully healed yet, I feel that if I keep up this new routine, that the numbness should go away completely within the next 6 months. We shall see, but I try to stay very optimistic. I’ve overcome injuries before and I know it just takes time.
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Hi John, I just stumbled upon your site and wanted to thank you for all the great info. I’m very sorry to hear about your arm injury—I’ve never had anything that severe, but I’ve given myself tendonitis a couple of times from overzealous guitar playing. I was just wondering, do you tend to focus on any specific exercises or techniques that are easier on your injury while you’re practicing, or is it mostly just about less quantity / intensity?
I just try to limit myself to very intense playing only a small bit. Playing like Johnny Winter and SRV is very hard on you physically so I try not to spend too much time playing that style.
Get well soon you’re the best teacher the internet has to offer. I like your life style changes, I’ve done the same after some internal injuries.
I know this might sound strange, but yoga is actually something you might also consider. Along with at least 8 hours of sleep and occasional mediation.
Thanks Mike! I appreciate it.
Glad to hear the arm is coming around. I recently had a malignant tumor removed from my right forearm,
underside. They removed an entire muscle which left my middle finger with really limited movement. Since
I am a finger style guitarist, that really sucks!
Yet I am thankful I can still feel my fingers (that was a possibility if they had to remove nerves). So I am
having to relearn how to finger pick as well.
it’s like “you don’t miss the water until the well runs dry kind of thing”. Taking care of your hands/arms and your health in general is a key factor in one’s guitar playing and all other endeavors in life :)
Thanks Denny! That sounds much more painful than what I have been through.
I am just starting to learn slide guitar and I stumbled upon your site from other sources. I was debating whether to spend my hard earned money on your lessons when I read your blog post about your injury and recovery status. I was so impressed with your perserverence and character that I decided to purchased my first set of lessons (Open E Tuning) then and there. I am sure that I will be back for more purchases later.
Thanks and hang in there! You’re an inspiration to many of us.
Thanks Gary! Let me know how you’re coming along with the lessons.
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