Importance of Bloodflow/Circulation/Joint Stretching

Discussion in 'Tab, Tips, Theory and Technique' started by Backbeat8, Oct 17, 2018.

  1. Backbeat8

    Backbeat8 Tele-Holic

    Jun 21, 2018
    If you play alot of guitar or other instrument or sing etc, you can use your joints repeatedly in the same way, and this puts the same stresses on the same joints and muscles. It also can be a bad posture sitting or standing in the same way for long periods (whilst being focused on some technique or performance).

    It's important to stretch out your finger joints and wrists. And to just "shake it out", to get the blood circulating throughout your whole body, and to re-invigorate your full nervous system with blood that might not have been getting it.

    Or something like that.

    Basically, it's just feels good to shake your whole body out every day, just shake your limbs out and wring your fingers, and wrists a bit, and your ankles, rotate them, and rotate your neck around, roll your eyes around your head NEWS, open and close your jaw fully.

    Make gibberish sounds, cry like a baby, just let your "lizard" system take over, and let that "Animal" part of your physiology do what it needs to do.

    Because you can go for long periods at work or whatever, where you are seated in the same way, and your body can get very stiff and cramped up.

    Doing a little dance and some hula hooping is also nice, just because it gets your body moving, into a rhythm.

    And when playing or peforming, it just makes things that much more fun and into it if you really move your limbs and get a groove.
    telestratosonic and Mr. Neutron like this.
  2. slowpinky

    slowpinky Tele-Afflicted

    Jul 24, 2009
    Melbourne ,Australia
    My sister is an OT (occupational therapist) and repeatedly emphasises the importance of finding 'foils' to the embedded postures of guitar playing.
    i.e the "embracing posture" when sitting arms around the instrument with head close to the fingerboard etc; requires the opposite 'letting go' (standing, expanding arms wide and back , palms flat against a wall for instance extending the shoulder a litte) posture periodically to keep the muscles flexible, and also to release the energy/circulation bottlenecks that occur when stuck in one place too long.

    I've started to notice an increase in complaints of muscular and tendon related problems amongst students who are trying to complete dissertations while trying to practice intensely too.
    The computer (especially the laptop) and its use are the main culprits here.
    suthol and Backbeat8 like this.
  3. P Thought

    P Thought Poster Extraordinaire Silver Supporter

    Mar 31, 2009
    Plundertown (Gasville) OR
    I've been suspecting this in some aches and pains I've developed lately.
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