Mudcat Café message #1086019 The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #65769   Message #1086019
Posted By: McGrath of Harlow
04-Jan-04 - 06:30 PM
Thread Name: Cramps in chord hand
Subject: RE: Cramps in chord hand
Cramps are muscle pains you get because there isn't enough blood going through the muscles to flush away the toxins produced in the course of the work they are doing.

So if you can relax some of the muscles in the arm it should help.

One way would be, if you are sitting, rest the elbow in a table while you are playing. Or I suppose you could rig up some kind of a sling to rest it in while you are playing.

The idea would be that the muscles holding your arm and hand up wouldn't have to be working, so more blood should get through to the hand muscles which are playing the guitar.