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.”