Sulliman- Musician Forearm Massage

Sulliman- Musician Forearm Massage



hi Jason Solomon here with a suggestion for those of you that may experience some discomfort in your hand grip wrist or forearms i recently found this slightly squishy ball at the dollar store three for a dollar incredible bargain I throw this in my instrument case and when I get a couple of three minutes I find a nice flat surface like a desk table roll up my sleeves and put the ball on the table I take my arm and I let my arm passively rest on top of the ball as a roll around a massaging the muscles in my forearm as they get tense and tight and knotted we need to make sure that we provide rehabilitative work to take care of any of the stress we've put on these muscles due to holding up an instrument for an extended period of time I can turn my forearm over I can roll the ball around this way you may notice that my fingers are moving passively as I do this muscles in our forearm have control over the muscles in our fingers sometimes when we experience pain in our grip it's not in the hand that the problem actually started problem actually started much further back in the body maybe even with our upright posture neck tight shoulders could be in the forearms though so by massaging these muscles out we can actually feel a whole lot better the muscles in the top of the four armor extremely important because if they get inflamed they can actually infringe upon the nerves to travel down through the carpal tunnel carpal tunnel syndrome can make it can get misdiagnosed if these muscles are inflamed and people think that the problem is actually down here it's not the problem may be up here so take a ball throw it in your case and when you get a couple of three minutes massage the muscles of your forearm out to experience ease and comfort with your fingers your grip your wrist and your form this is extremely helpful for instrumentalists who play percussion instruments woodwind instruments stringed instruments or piano I like to do it on my left arm because it supports the weight of the instrument trumpet players may find it helpful I'm using both arms the right arm has to do a lot of finger dexterity work they may find that this helps make this part of the arm feel a little better

4 Comments

  • Brian Sulliman says:

    I like the video Jason the ball is basically free ..33 cent..and a great idea….I'm know using it in the cruiser in between calls BUT I want to say to musicians and everyone out there that get pain or carpal tunnel ect in their lower arms is that this maybe be due to muscle imbalance….a lot of musicians or people in a field that do the same finger / forearm movements day in and day out might to well to train the lower arms with a variety of moderate grip exercises that are the OPPOSITE of the movement that they do in their performances practices or profession……this may help……or not????? I have no scientific data to back this up just a crap ton of training / conditioning experience…..a great exercise is to get a bucket of sand and work your hands onto the sand opening and closing your hand …..anyway good luck…….

  • Will Collins says:

    Jason, have you ever experienced brachioradial pruritus? (I'm presuming you know what that is, if not there's a wikipedia article (: ) After extensive piano and trombone practice over the summer and last semester, I started to notice symptoms indicative of it.   
    Thank you!

  • Jason Sulliman says:

    Yes! In general, the size of the ball and the density of the ball will affect how much pressure you feel in the massage. A smaller ball will work into smaller places and a denser ball will feel like it gets "deeper". Sometimes I even use a wooden craft ball for a "deep tissue" massage.

  • alan alda says:

    thanks man will a bouncy ball work?

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