Pain in the Thumb. Solution Three: Let the Thumb Move, But “Glacially” Slow.
January 26, 2018
Example: Right Hand Playing A C Major Scale Upwards.
My third finger is an the E and I am about to play the adjacent F with the thumb. If I slow down the motion , and watch the motion of the thumb, I notice that what I experience is less a single motion, in a single direction, but a connected series of smaller motions.
The more I slow down the motion, and the longer it takes, the more I become aware of the changes that are occurring within the course of the thumb’s overall motion. Granted these changes happen very fast, and are usually lost to consciousness, which treats the overall passing motion of the thumb as a single event. But even in speed, when the total movement takes just a fraction of a second to execute, we still want the it to be composed of a series of finer qualities of motion occurring one after the other.
A considerable amount of relaxation is required for the thumb to transition smoothly from one component of the overall passing motion to the next. If there is pain, it is likely due to a momentary tension in the thumb muscles that resists the transition to the next quality of the overall motion. This resistance is often an attempt to prolong one of the shorter, interior states of motion, at the very moment when a change in the course of the motion is required.