We had a great question come in from one of our viewers about thumb pain* when using the French bow. When we grip the bow too tight, it can result in a lot of pain. When moved to the extreme, it just isn’t fun to play anymore.

Prevention is the key. Randy Kertz demonstrates 2 exercises to relax your grip and help you enjoy pain-free playing.

*Randy refers to the pain as a common condition known as De Quervain’s. Here’s what the Mayo Clinic says about it:

“De Quervain’s tenosynovitis (dih-kwer-VAINS ten-oh-sine-oh-VIE-tis) is a painful condition affecting the tendons on the thumb side of your wrist. If you have de Quervain’s tenosynovitis, it will probably hurt every time you turn your wrist, grasp anything or make a fist.”

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Dr. Randall Kertz

Dr. Randall Kertz  is the primary physician at Health Care Specialists, Ltd., and has been practicing chiropractic and acupuncture at this and other locations for over 15 years.  He also holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Human Biology.
The current location in Niles is the primary treatment center, although frequently services are performed at other venues. Dr. Kertz often treats musicians for various injuries they may sustain on the road or locally, and is the on call chiropractor for many Chicago area music venues, and is occasionally called on to go on the road for short periods of time. His clientele include many local, national and international acts, some famous, some not. He is team physician for Health Kick Martial Arts competition team.
He has done extensive work with acupuncture, specialising in musculoskeletal problems and addiction therapies.