i performed 5 hours straight on saturday and 3 hours on sunday with 10 minute breaks each hour. then late sunday night i practiced for another 90 minutes. it was all jazz trio playing standards from with easy tempos 70-160. i played lots of red garland style block chords (octaves with the 5th inside in the right hand) which tends to make me even more sore afterwards. i was sure my wrists would become extremely sore as usual due to a lifelong tenosinivitis condition (pretty much the same as tendonitis but it's the tendon sheath that gets inflamed from friction). however i find almost no soreness or stiffness today. what i did differently was to take 2,000 milligrams of methylsulfonylmethane (msm) before each gig, plus 2 advil tablets during the sunday gig. i don't know what to believe, whether msm worked or it was some other factors.

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jazz+  a very timely subject for this fellow traveller. i have been hampered by even moderately heavy practice and have wondered what palliative might help. i will try the combo
you suggest and see what gives. obliged for the info. gandy dancer.
i'm still amazed at its effectiveness.
yucca (stalk or root) helps me avoid hand pain, though i don't play as many hours as you. i've never noticed much help from msm, but haven't tested it as thoroughly as yucca.
advil probably provides better short term relief than anything else.
great post!
  i think alot of people who practice and play consistently have little aches and pains.  i'l have to try that.
    the things that have helped me are ibuprofen(advil) and arnica cream massaged on the muscles.
     can you recommend a good msm brand..also how much do you take?
       speaking of which i think i'm going to take some advil now to help ease a slightly sore finger.
i bought mine at costco and it seems to take at least 2,000 mg to be effective. you can take more than 2,000 mg at a time. i took advil for years but it was not as effective and it burned my stomach lining.
i did some more 4 hours gigs and the next day i was fine where as in the past i was always sore for days after. i don't think i can play without msm. i also take fish oil capsules with the msm. these two together have also stopped my internal bleedings.
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