2 Specific Things I do To Help Relieve Forearm Pain

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Are you a bass player experiencing forearm pain? I’m going to share with you 2 specific things I do to help relieve forearm pain so that I can play the bass! Best of all, these only take a few minutes to do!

Bass Player Experiencing Forearm Pain

If you are starting to experience forearm pain or are already experiencing forearm pain from playing the bass, here are 2 specific things that I do, and have been doing for years, that are definitely worth checking out.

I’ve tried many things over the years, i’ve consulted many people, seen doctors, been diagnosed with tendonitis on both of my forearms, and carpal tunnel syndrome with my right wrist, had multiple physical therapists treat me, and with all of that, I found that these 2 things have provided me with the best relief from forearm pain, aside from just resting.

Now, I’m not a doctor or claiming to provide any medical advice. I’m just sharing what has worked for me for my specific pain situation.

The pain that I am talking about is specifically in this location of the forearm. And you can see that when I move my fingers, as if I’m playing the bass, you will see this part of the forearm being highly activated.

So the first thing I do is a specific forearm massage, that I got from this book, called the Montgomery Method. This was a book one of my physical therapists recommended to me. There are actually 12 steps to the Montgomery Method, but this step is the one I do all the time, because it works so well for me!

To do this massage, I apply light pressure with my finger tips and move my fingers perpendicular to my forearm, starting at the top of my forearm. The pressure that I am using, on a scale of 1 to 10, is about a 4. I have found that the lighter pressure has always worked better for me for some reason.

So I do this, I then, work my way down to my wrist. Then, I work my way back up. I take about 2 minutes for each forearm. I tend to do this while I’m watching TV.

If you want to take this to the next level and don’t mind the mess, I’ll apply this massage with Cocoa Butter! Cocoa Butter, compared to other lotions, has some tact to it, it’s not nearly as slippery as other lotions. Because of that, I find that Cocoa Butter works really well with this massage!

The second thing that I do, is ice massage. When I first did this, I simply used plain ice cubes. The cool thing with using an ice cube, is that it takes about 2 minutes for an ice cube to completely melt. So its like its got its own timer! The only problem is, you get water everywhere.

So, after some years of getting tired of getting things wet all the time, I found this! It’s called a Polar Roller and it totally gets the job done and is way less messy!

For the Polar Roller, I approach the massage slightly different. I find the part of my forearm that feels the most pain and I apply pressure with the Polar Roller directly on it. On a scale of 1-10, I am using about a 6 in pressure. I then hold the Polar Roller over the painful part of my forearm for a few seconds until I feel that specific point start to give way. Then I roll back and forth, perpendicularly, just past it, a few times. Then I move onto a different part of my forearm and do the same thing. I work my way up and down the forearm for a couple minutes.

So those are the 2 specific things that I do to relieve any forearm pain I may be experiencing from playing the bass!

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