One of my biggest growing fears as an artist is keeping my arms in safe and working order..
Do you guys use arm braces at all? Do you do stretches?
I do stretches. There's a link on one of the threads that points to good stretches to protect from carpal tunnel.
I forget to do it super regularly when I'm in the zone but I've made a habit of stretching when I'm bored or thinking about where to take something.
just be careful and realize its not the end of the world if you do lose a hand. I had a step uncle who was a surgeon in the 80s who ended up committing suicide after losing a hand in a boating accident.
I made this a while ago to help me remember the importance of taking care of my hands. If you get carpal tunnel it's all over famtaro
>its not the end of the world
This is true. It isn't over 'til it's over-we all get there eventually; no need to rush that in most any circumstance. I'm sure he was very despondent about not being able to practice that sort of medicine anymore despite the years he'd spent studying and practicing though-I understand how someone can get tunnel vision in situations like that.
I really I don't know, but I do think it would be wise to investigate these kinds of things. I've seen what carpal tunnel does and it isn't pretty. There's also a matter of unpredictable conditions like arthritis to worry about.
Just take a break from drawing every hour or so. Make yourself some coffee or take a smoke. Just letting your hands relax helps a lot.
When it comes to stretches: pic related usually helps
I got carpal tunnel on both hands. Mainly my right though.
Braces at night are a dream. No pun intended. Prevents you from curling your hand inwards.
Chiropractic is good for a while. It rapidly helps if its pretty insane.
Physical therapy helps with the scar tissue. Introduced me some stretches.
Its important to stretch your wrists, forarms, bicep, shoulders, and neck. Especially neck and wrists.
Scar tissue is a big player in wrist/finger pain
I've been planning on getting a deep tissue massage, too.
The key is to stop working if it starts to hurt. No matter what.
I developed a ganglion cyst once, where my middle finger connects to my palm. So, under that first knuckle. I was binge playing two games at the time that required holding down the right mouse button a lot. That's what did it.
Cyst went away after a couple weeks but that area still feels a bit strange fairly often. I started paying a whole lot more attention to my hands after that. I hardly ever play games anymore, and certainly not for more than an hour or so. And I make sure to take breaks regularly when drawing. I've contemplated giving up guitar or at least not playing metal stuff that requires constant tremolo picking anymore. But I don't think I can.
I also managed to screw up something in my leg a couple years ago. That never went back to feeling normal either. Probably should have gone to the doctor for that one. I don't think I had health insurance at the time.
Carpal Tunnel normally isn't too severe. Most of the time doctors will simply prescribe rest and the use of a hand brace for a short period of time. For career artists, I can see that shit sucking a lot but I don't think it's a huge changer.
that's not proper back posture. lean back a little bit so you place less stress on the back.
also just take a 5 min break every 15-30 mins or so. stand up and walk around, get something to drink or idk.
You feel that little strain on your lower back when you "lean back a little bit"? That's your spine and muscles struggling to sustain your body's ill-conceived fight against gravity.Yeah, you don't feel that when you sit straight up like you're supposed to.
I screwed up my shoulder and neck drawing, with pain radiating down to my fingers, so not carpal tunnel. What to do? Physical therapy helped, but it's still there, and I don't know what caused it (as in posture or what). Anyone else familiar with this?
Has anyone here taught themself to draw with their nondominsnt hand? My right wrist gets strained pretty easily, sometimes after using it too much I'll feel a sort of tingley burning in the median nerve when I use the wrist, which requires a long break even with stretches but it's annoying if you still want to draw. So I'm planning on improving my left hand's abilities as a backup in case the stretches stop working some day. I imagine it's mosty practice, but I'm interested in hearing any tips, or just others' experiences for motivation/advice.
it migh be a disc problem in your neck pressing on a nerve. If you get a pain like youve been shot in the arm, get an mri scan quickly.
Also go and see an osteo/chiro. a bukgin disc is a pain. but a ruptured one is 8 weeks of howling crying disabling agony that even benzos wont help with
WHich brings me to my main point
Look after your neck and watch your posture. i still have numbness in my hand and index finger from a ruptured disc in my neck. Before i found out what the problem was i thought i was going to have to literally kill myself to escape from it
It was predominantly caused by genetics and shit posture ie hanging my head over books/drawing/laptops ect. if you stay up all night ignoring neck/back pains, that shit will fuck you on your way to thirty.
its heavily impacted my enjoyment of creating art.
I cant even paint miniatures to relax