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Using cold therapy to reduce hand/finger injuries?
#2890005 09/13/19 02:13 PM
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I don't practice excessive amounts or anything, but whenever I naturally feel a little "tight" or strained after playing, I try to use cold ice water to reduce that inflammation. My uncle is a physical therapist and he always tells me that when done not too frequently, it can help recovery and the prevention of injury. Do any of you guys do this or know more about this topic? Does it actually help the fingers? Thanks

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When you are sore, ice and cold water definitely help wrist and finger pain. Advil (ibuprofen) helps too.

If this is happening a lot, cut sugar from your diet for a few days. If that helps it means your regular sugar intake is causing inflammation.

If still sore, have your teacher review your technique. If you're younger than 60yo 4 to 5 hours of practice a day should not pose any problems.


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Originally Posted by OscoBosco
I don't practice excessive amounts or anything, but whenever I naturally feel a little "tight" or strained after playing, I try to use cold ice water to reduce that inflammation. My uncle is a physical therapist and he always tells me that when done not too frequently, it can help recovery and the prevention of injury. Do any of you guys do this or know more about this topic? Does it actually help the fingers? Thanks


Yes it does help to reduce inflammation. There are plenty of drugs that also do it (ibuprofène is just one out of a long list, diclofénac, cortisone, ketoprofène, ....) but any drug is made for a purpose and should not be used randomly. But it does not replace proper practice. It is to be used occasionally when really necessary, otherwise you should not need it.

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Here is a video that you might find helpful that talks about how to avoid and deal with injuries caused by piano practice (made by a professional pianist):
https://youtu.be/4WJR_SLnPsk
Hope this helps!


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