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Big day in the garden...


dazzjazz

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Hi all,

 

Yesterday I had a huge day in the garden, removing trees, planting new ones. Spent a lot of time wielding a mattock that weighed a ton. All the while I was thinking "this is gonna ruin my hands". Sure did - today the muscle that 'drives' my thumb is swollen, forearms ache like mad etc. I can still play, but lucky I don't have a gig till the weekend. I do, however, have a bunch of repertoire to learn.

 

Anyway, my question is: Do any of you have similar experiences or can you spend a day on home renovation and go play a serious gig afterwards?

 

Maybe I'm just a woos!

 

Darren

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I always wear gloves just to keep from tearing up my hands.

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It's too late now, but maybe for next time...

 

Immediately ice the strained muscles and take a health dose of ibuprofen. Both will help prevent swelling which is what makes your muscles get stiff and sore. Old rock climbers trick.

 

I had the same sort of weekend - preparing my garlic beds for planting.

 

Ice, ibuprofen and massage will still help reduce the swelling.

 

Good luck,

 

Ken

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Yeah I spent a good chunk of the afternoon yesterday removing all the plants, flowers, herbs, etc that we enjoyed all summer.

I find you have to use the right tool for the job. Many times the hand shears weren't doing the job, and I could feel the muscles in my hands starting to get sore, so I switched to a root cutter, and it was like butter afterwords.

My hands & arms are ok today, it's my legs & arse that are 'stiff'.

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This is always a concern for me, so I try to take it easy in the yard or space work out. As Dan Stecko points out also, having the right tools for the job is always a big plus.

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If you played bass on a gig for a couple hours, you'd probably have blisters and aching muscles. In part, it's just a matter of doing something strenuous that you're not used to doing.

 

Hand shears are something to avoid. I see a strong potential there for repetitive motion injury.

 

I garden every weekend, but I stop before my hands start suffering. I try to avoid construction stuff. For one thing, I'm just no good at it. Also, potential for injuries both chronic and acute.

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I wasn't working outside yesterday, but one of our neighbors was. I returned from church just in time to hear the music "for two chainsaws" which lasted several hours. My Sunday afternoon nap was delayed until the concert concluded.

 

:rolleyes:

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They just changed the ordinance here for using power tools from 7 AM to 8 AM. An improvement, but lots of times, not enough.

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Our one neighbor is always working on something over there--stays busy almost 24/7. Between running the mower, chain saws, working on someone's car, etc... we've just gotten used to it.

 

Of course he plows our driveway in winter for free as well.

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Thanks everyone, I did the ibuprofen trick on the day, and been getting into some magnesium and fish oil too.

It's such a drag, as I wish I could do more around the house, but I gotta look after my hands...

 

There were 2 tree stumps that I couldn't remove - hired a guy with a stump grinder (reminds me of an ex-girlfriend!) and the offending tree stumps were gone in seconds - never again am I gonna dig one out!!

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PhD in Jazz Organ Improvisation.

BMus (Hons) Jazz Piano.

my YouTube is Jazz Organ Bites

1961 A100.Leslie 45 & 122. MAG P-2 Organ. Kawai K300J. Yamaha CP4. Moog Matriarch. KIWI-8P.

 

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