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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000180.txt from 2001/05

From: Audrey Travis <>
Subj: Re: [kl] carpal tunnel
Date: Sun, 6 May 2001 10:12:34 -0400

Jennifer, I can't help you with a therapist, but when I had tendonitis in the
inside of my elbow I couln't play longer than 3 minutes without pain. I tried
2 different physiotherapists who couldn't help me at all (over a period of 3
months). One of them finally suggested acupuncture and it worked wonderfully!
There was a western trained acupuncturist (who's also a physiotherapist) in the
same clinic. The day after my first session I could play 10 minutes w/out pain
and after the 2nd session, half an hour! It just got better from there. But
it absolutely must be followed up with strenthtening exercises so it doesn't
recur. I lifted a computer after I thought I was cured and the tendonitis
returned and I neeeded more acupuncture and strenthening exercises. I hope
this helps.

Best wishes,

Jennifer Brinkley wrote: I went to my family doctor earlier

> this week and was told that I have beginning signs of carpal tunnel as well
> as my continuing problem of tendonitis. My question is this: my doctor has
> no experience working with musicians and said he would refer me to someone
> who specializes with occupational therapy in music or someone who at least
> has some understanding.

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