I've had a rough few years in terms of violin because I keep reaggrivating an old injury in my left wrist. I started noticing pain in my wrist maybe 5 years ago and eventually had sugery for it...which I now think may have been a mistake. There was a borderline problem with one of my tendons and I was young and liked the idea of being aggressive with sugery and gave up on the therapy too quickly. In retrospect, I understand why I had the problems. I wasn't warming up, I would skip a couple days of practice and then play a lot at once, and I had stopped being as physically active as I used to.
I've tried starting up a few times since the surgery but have not been able to get into a good groove because the problem keeps coming back up. I think I may have been impatient a few times and not disciplined enough with warm ups. So here I am again, with a new attitude, stronger discipline, in much better shape (20-30lb lighter...more active) hoping I can get back to playing without inflaming my wrist. Of course, I now have the additional challenge of getting back into shape since I haven't played in so long.
Has anyone else been in a similar situation or have any advice? I know that I need to stretch thoroughly before playing and to take breaks during practices etc. I've also tried alexander technique. Specific stretches or advice would be greatly appeciated it.
I'm also looking for some guide lines in terms of a practicing schedule...how long I should play for at first and at what rate should I extend my practices etc.
Unfortunately, as a college and computer science student, I spend a lot of time typing and was contemplating getting an 'ergonomic' keyboard. I'm also left handed and have an akward writing grip and have to take lots of notes fast in my Math classes.
Thanks so much.
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