Hi, my name is terry zachary and i’m here to talk today about hand muscle exercise and how the hand muscles work in playing guitar. I have had unique perspective to be on both sides of. I have been very interested in learning guitar myself. I have been learning for about the last three or four years. And before that, I was very involved in seeing guitar injuries. So I have been on both perspectives and understand what both people look at. In designing the product that I designed which is the Handmaster Plus that we distribute.
Through ghs, that’s our brand partner in the music business and an excellent brand partner. We have discovered that all the things that we have learned in seeing what causes injuries in musicians and also seeing what helps musicians play better based on the muscle patterns that we are about to pick up I’m showing you how we have been picking up for the last few years. We could see a real improvement in performance and also on injury prevention. What I’m going.
To show you today. so, we collected information on how the muscle patterns fire. i believe you know the best exercise for guitars and have a little improved when we are to observe, study and prove how the musicians’ muscles work. And that is what we are doing. We are using an EMG (electromyogram). So basically, if you can look at my hand here, we have a set of electrodes that is over the finger flexor muscles and then we also have as a set of electrodes that’s over the finger extensor muscle bellies. The reason why we study this.
Relationship is that we know that traditionally most musicians are very strong in the muscles that close the hand and do the gripping, but they are very weak and in fact, very weak and static in these extensor muscles that support anything that the fingers do. So I’m going to show you how we collect that. Basically, I’m going to play a couple of chords here and then I’ll show you how the image looks in the computer. So all these information is right here. It is going to be fed in the computer and we are going to get a pattern.
And the indication of exactly how muscles fire and i’ll show that next. Okay, here is our screen with the EMG (electromyogram) in the computer and it will pick up my finger motions. As I play the guitar, the green signal which is the top signal in this picture is the finger extensor muscles and the red signal, which is the bottom signal in this picture is the finger flexor muscles. So let’s watch what happens as I play a guitar. And this is the left hand, this is the cording hand.
So you can now see why it is so important that we strengthen all of the muscles of the hand. You have nine muscles that close the hand and you also have nine muscles that open and spread the hand. These muscles that open the hand are the ones that were in green during the EMG Test. They are the ones that will support any action of the hands. If these are weak, they are going to fatigue very quickly on these ones. Okay? Everything that I want musicians to know especially guitarists is that the product that we use.
Is the same product that we use to strengthen the hands is the ghs handmaster plus. we also use for warm up and cool down. So let me show you a couple of exercises. It’s really simply, our main exercise you put the thumb on the base of the thumb, the finger loops on all of the fingers. Really simply, you are just going to keep the wrist straight, you are going to close against resistance of the ball. Your going to open against the resistance to the cords. So, close for one,.
Open and spread for one, close, open and spread. continue to do that until you feel uncomfortable fatigue. Okay? That should take you about thirty seconds to a minute. You can see that as you do, you’re going to get this fantastic feeling in your forearms, hands, fingers. You’ll see that we are taking hand through its full natural range of motion. so we also know we are going to stimulate maximum blood flow. So just by this one simple exercise, we strengthen all the muscles that close the hand in balance.
The Truth About Tennis Elbow WHAT REALLY CAUSES IT
What’s up guys? jeff cavaliere, athleanx . Today we’re going to talk all about Tennis Elbow, and really, what the hell’s causing it in the first place because a lot of you out there who deal with this common, very common orthopedic issue, aren’t playing any tennis at all, but you’ve been really having a hard time getting rid of it. Well we have to, as we always say here, start looking somewhere other than where it hurts.
If you really want to get to the root cause of what’s going on with whatever orthopedic issue you’re dealing with, whatever issue is preventing you from getting your best workouts in, or competing, you have to start looking at the place that’s not hurting. At least start looking above and below where it’s hurting. So let me explain a little bit. When we’re talking about Tennis Elbow, we know that it’s this spot right here on the.
Outside of the forearm that’s killing us. But, does it mean that that’s the cause? No, we know, already we know that 99 percent of the time, when something’s hurting, it’s a breakdown of one of the supporting areas or joints that’s causing this one to start bearing all the brunt . And especially when the joint in question here is one of those more stable and immobile.
Joints, and that’s exactly what you’re dealing with here in the elbow. All it likes to do here is hinge up and down. That should remind you of something else. The knee. The knee, we’ve talked about before in other tutorials, how the knee deals with all of the inabilities of the hip and the ankle to do their own job. When the ankle breaks down, or the mobility of the ankle is either too much or too little,.
It sends stress up through the knee. When the hip is either too tight or too weak, it sends stress down towards the knee. The same thing happens here in the elbow. So before you start thinking, ‘Oh I’ve got to sit here and rub the outside of my elbow because my therapist told me to do that,’ or ‘I’ve got to really strengthen the outside of my forearms by doing a lot of wrist extensions,.
Right, you know, wrist extensions with dumbbells, because i have weak forearm extensors.’ That’s probably going to cause you to have even more pain. And I can tell you this, it’s not going to fix your problem. So, we’ve got to start thinking a little bit differently. If you look at your forearm, a lot of times guys the weakness is not on this side of the forearm that everyone tells you it is.
It’s actually a weakness on this side of the forearm, completely counter to what you’ve been told. So, here’s how that all that out. If your forearm flexors are weak, and let’s go back to tennis because it’s going to be an easy way for us to describe its function, if you’re playing tennis and you have to serve, right, you know that a lot of wrist flexion, powerful wrist flexion will come in as the racket comes down to execute that serve.
Guess what happens if you dont have enough power to execute that flexion? you have to, you have to create it. And you create that by preloading the wrist flexors, by putting them on stretch very much the same way that if we want to jump high, we dont start from here. We have to preload the quads and glutes by leaning, you know, by squatting down to jump. Well, the same thing will happen here, but.