Do you have forearm pain when you play the bass?
Here are 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.
I’ve had tendonitis and carpal tunnel. Here’s what I’ve been doing for years, that have allowed me to keep playing the bass.
Years ago, I got tendonitis on both of my forearms, and carpal tunnel syndrome with my right wrist.
I’ve consulted many people. I’ve seen doctors and many physical therapists.
From those experiences, two things provided me with relief from my forearm pain.
In this bass lesson video, I share with you exactly what I do to relieve my pain.
Rest always helped me and was always the best pain reliever. But, there were many times I couldn’t rest, because I had a gig to prepare for, or I had many back to back gigs.
So when I couldn’t rest, I would ice and massage.
I learned how to ice and massage my forearms from the many physical therapist visits.
How I learned to ice and massage my forearms to relieve my pain
After playing the bass for a long session, I would get pain in the top part of my forearm muscle. That part of the muscle would become a trigger point and feel tender.
Before I saw any doctors, I used to beat my forearms to a pulp to try and deep-tissue the pain away. But it would only get worse.
Then there was this one physical therapist I saw and she showed a way that was the exact opposite. You’ll have to watch the video to see how this massage done. I found instant relief with my forearms doing this.
Another thing I learned from my physical therapist visits was ice massage.
Taking an ice cube, you massage you forearm with the ice cube.
There is instant relief from this. Only a couple minutes of ice massage is necessary. In the video you’ll see how messy this can be because water gets everywhere. But I found a better alternative to using ice cubes, which I also show in the video and link to below.
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The Montgomery Method was a game changer book for me. My physical therapist suggested this book for me during a time that my tendonitis and carpal tunnel was chronic. Surprisingly, I do not see many people talk about this book. However, I do still feel it is worth checking out. The exercises and stretches mentioned in the book have helped me a great deal. Check out this book on Amazon: End Your Carpal Tunnel Pain without Surgery, Second Edition
I have found ice massage to relieve my pain very quickly. An ice roller is much cleaner compared to using ice cubes. Check out this ice roller: GoFit Massage Polar Roller – Cold Rolling Ball
My physical therapist used cocoa butter every time she would massage my forearms. I asked her why and she said that cocoa butter is not as slippery as other lotions. Check out this lotion: Palmer’s Cocoa Butter Formula Daily Skin Therapy Body Lotion, 13.5 oz.