As most of you know, a few months ago I got into a bike wreck and broke my thumb, right where it joins the hand. I had to have surgery, in which the Dr. drilled 4 pins into my hand to hold my thumb in place while it healed. As you can imagine, it sucked. The worst part being I had to go on holiday with my cast, and couldn’t go swimming at the beach in Galicia, Spain 🙁
So, catching up to present day. I got back, and 3 days later had the cast removed. At first I couldn’t move my thumb. My doctor recommended I see a physical therapist. Since I play the piano, I thought it might be a good idea if I intend to play at a high level again.
I went. The guy would push ever so lightly on my thumb and hold it. He’d ask “Is this stretching?” I’d tell him no, so he’d push just a tiny bit more on it. I kept telling him that he needed to push harder, but he seemed afraid to. A complete waste of my time and my insurance’s money 🙂. Instead, I decided to be my own physical therapist. This meant stretching my thumb in all directions. I would do this while in class, watching a film, doing hwk. etc..
I soon got tired of having to hold my thumb down with my other hand.
I came up with a very simple solution.
A rubber band, that can stretch my thumb as much as I need it to, all day everyday…..even while I sleep… and for FREE!
The great thing about it is each day I just shorten the length of the band, making it pull more.
I’m now pretty much back to how I was. I have about 95% of my flexibility back, and most of my strength. I’m a little slower when playing the piano, but nothing a little bit of practicing won’t fix. If only I had time to practice.