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Concertina as a medical device?

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I know there's a type of medical treatment known as "vibration therapy" so I'm wondering if anyone has found playing the concertina to be helpful for any hand conditions like arthritis?

 

Maybe not so much with EC due to it's potentially stressful thumbstrap and finger rest, as well as tendency for single note playing, but I'm thinking more along the lines of full-scale harmonic playing with Anglos and Duets.

 

Many years ago I thought my concertina playing would be over soon due to painful osteoarthritis. But the condition has stabilized, and dare I say, even gotten better. I would like to think it can be attributed in part to continuous and constant Anglo playing!

 

And just recently I've even been able to finally tame the right hand pinky after many years of trying and can now play "Smash the Windows" in C (from the "Rattlebone and Ploughjack" album). I now feel emboldened to work on a lot of those difficult tunes in the upper registers in Adrian Brown's Garden of Dainty Delights.

 

Anyone else experience improvements that might be due to all those wonderfully concertinistic musical vibrations?

 

Now if I could just get medical insurance to pay for Concertina Acquisition Syndrome...

 

Gary

 

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I recently (I'm about a year in) started playing a couple of Jeff Duets I acquired in the '70's because as a dance fiddler ( just me and a piano) I felt I was fading a bit, partly because of a nagging tendon/arthritic condition in my left thumb.  This condition has greatly improved since.  It's a light load activity for the hand and a great brain exercise and ergo, feedback loop.  I've modified the left hand strap to play with the thumb underneath. Fiddle playing back to form!

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6 hours ago, gcoover said:

Maybe not so much with EC due to it's potentially stressful thumbstrap and finger rest, as well as tendency for single note playing

 

Well, skip using the finger rest, and that tendency is over (and the thumb strap can be used in very different ways). Just saying..

 

Best wishes - 🐺

 

PS: please inform me of any company offering this kind of insurance 🤓

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On 2/8/2019 at 10:38 PM, gcoover said:

 

Many years ago I thought my concertina playing would be over soon due to painful osteoarthritis.

 

 

I, similarly, thought my hill-walking days would be over owing to osteoarthritis, which also affects my hands to some extent. I attribute the almost complete remission to the regular ingestion of oily fish (kipper, mackerel or salmon). I doubt that musical vibration had any effect, and certainly not on my feet!

 

LJ

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