#2
Maybe they want to release tension in muscles in or around their hand?

Or they're just stressed out?
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You can also use a thing called a Powerball. It will strenghten your fingers, wrist and muscles in the forearm. I use it and it does help.
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You can also use a thing called a Powerball. It will strenghten your fingers, wrist and muscles in the forearm. I use it and it does help.



It won't help. They are a waste of money. Playing guitar is completely different to using a powerball, completely different recruitment patterns.

Infact, using one could increase the chance of an RSI as you are using your wrist even more. My advice is to give your wrists a rest when your not playing guitar.
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It won't help. They are a waste of money. Playing guitar is completely different to using a powerball, completely different recruitment patterns.

Infact, using one could increase the chance of an RSI as you are using your wrist even more. My advice is to give your wrists a rest when your not playing guitar.


I wasn't recommending using one all the time. I only meant from time to time and it will help strenghten your wrists and fingers and grip.

I believe there are even doctors that recommend using it (at a slower pace) as a treatment against carpal tunnel syndrome and rsi.

I could be wrong though, I don't use it much more now.
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I wasn't recommending using one all the time. I only meant from time to time and it will help strenghten your wrists and fingers and grip.

I believe there are even doctors that recommend using it (at a slower pace) as a treatment against carpal tunnel syndrome and rsi.


Well, Tennis Balls and Powerballs both have the same benefits against RSI/Carpal.
When I started I got a lot of carpal pain in my wrist and stopped playing for 2 or 3 weeks.
I bought a tennis ball and I keep it on my desk when I'm left waiting at the PC.
I also own a powerball I got as a gift from someone.
I don't use them now really, my wrists are strong enough now.
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Well, Tennis Balls and Powerballs both have the same benefits against RSI/Carpal.
When I started I got a lot of carpal pain in my wrist and stopped playing for 2 or 3 weeks.
I bought a tennis ball and I keep it on my desk when I'm left waiting at the PC.
I also own a powerball I got as a gift from someone.
I don't use them now really, my wrists are strong enough now.


I bought a powerball because I was having some pains in my right wrist which felt like I needed to strenghten it. I used a powerball for a week or two and now I don't have that anymore.
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#10
It's worth noting that you must not use these while in pain, only after to prevent it....

As a general rule: If you feel pain to the extend of discomfort, stop. It's okay to feel a little as your muscles adjust to new patterns and stretches.
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It's worth noting that you must not use these while in pain, only after to prevent it....

As a general rule: If you feel pain to the extend of discomfort, stop. It's okay to feel a little as your muscles adjust to new patterns and stretches.


That's a good rule to follow and I do follow that rule.
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It could be a way of warming up or just relaxing the muscles after you play


Basically this. Not necessarily speaking from a guitarist's standpoint, since I'm only playing bass actively now, but I've found, particularly in my plucking hand, it loosens/warms my fingers right up (especially on those cold days!) Plus, I'm a naturally nervous person and it's nice to have something to concentrate on.

It's not going to affect you a ton, but if you notice yourself tensing up your picking hand or just generally stressing yourself, anything that'll calm you down and/or warm up your muscles should be welcome.
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