I fell and fractured a few bones about a month ago. I do not have full use of either of my wrists, hands, or arms, but I'm working on the problem. My left hand is still in a brace, but my doctor took off the brace on my right hand and the sling around my right elbow. He gave me permission to do stretching and range of motion exercises on my right, but he told me not to do strength building exercises yet.
A few days ago, Mendy Smith wrote in her violinist.com blog (www.violinist.com/blog/mendys/20119/12699/) that she is having issues with muscle tension in both of her arms. I hope that the exercises that helped me will also help you, Mendy. I recommend these exercises to all violinists who want to stretch and relax tight muscles from the elbow down to the finger tips.
I've also got a lot of stretching and relaxing exercises for violinists and violists on violinist.com at www.violinist.com/blog/paulinefiddle/20099/10489/
Of course, follow the basic rules of exercise: If it hurts, don't do it. Pace yourself. If you overdo, you may induce a setback. Try to exercise at least a few minutes each day.
Yoga Warm Up Exercises: Yoga Warm Up Wrists
The instructor in the previous two videos also has very good videos for stretching other parts of the body.
This may or may not be the best stretch, but I found it to be the most difficult. It has taken me weeks to learn to do it gently.
My physical pain is intense.
The forest outside my window quivers in the cool wind and rain.
A warm flame flickers on the candle on my desk.
I hear Nathan Milstein playing Bach's Chaconne,
And finally, I feel peace.
More entries: July 2011