Akido hand stretches - They're perfect for artists. Remind yourself to do these frequently during drawing, when ever you start to feel tension. Also Potassium and Water are your best friends. Potassium repairs the body. Water does so much more than we realize; hydration goes deep, even down to keeping your tendons nice and loose. That's why many yoga instructors advocate drinking good amount of water before stretches. Hydrated substances stretch much better than dry.
Most of the time the answers to health problems are so much simpler than we think. Try not to eat anything that's frozen, canned, bagged or fried and you'll be sitting pretty.
Last edited by Shaggnasty; April 18th, 2012 at 12:41 AM.
Um, yeah, but before freezing and canning people spent all day hunting and preparing meals. Or salting and drying and pickling everything to death. Not much to hunt around here except rats, and forget about fishing...
And no, rice comes in plastic bags in all the stores near me. As do the only brands of bread I can eat.
And no, I'm not baking my own bread. We used to do that when I was a kid, took all freaking day and then some.
And the home baked bread had to go in bags in the freezer anyway. Otherwise it would go moldy.
I'm just sayin', if you're trying to eat mashed potatoes out of a bag in a box with 30 ingredients other than potatoes, we've got problems.
Pff, I guessed that, I was just being snarky...
(it's late, I'm punch-drunk.)
I can't eat most "ingredients" anyway, so my diet tends to be surprisingly healthy by default...
You're probably doing pretty okay if you avoid any ingredients you can't identify or pronounce.
Back on topic, one of the best things you can do in general to avoid repetitive stress problems is to take frequent breaks and move around. This goes for eye strain, too - look away from your screen now and then, focus on things far away, rest your eyes, blink...
Well, my wrists have been bothering me a bit, and im kinda getting scared.
I think a few people here on a forums suffered a real serious case of tendonitis and carpal tunnel.
Currently Im doing some stretches I found on youtube.. but Im wondering if anyone knows good exercise or remedies, specific for us artist, that will prevent full blown tendonitis.
You might have better luck speaking to a doctor/physical therapist; you should also not be self-diagnosis.
Lastly, remember that pain is a way of your body telling you to stop doing what you're doing. If you continue through the pain, you will likely aggravate/worsen the issue. If you are having pain when you are not actively doing anything, that's a pretty strong indicator you need to see some sort of medical professional.
It might be a good idea to use pain/cramps as a reminder to get up and exercise. Go walk, do some jumping jacks, any cardio to get your blood pumping. Also eat a lot of bananas, they have lots of potassium and more calcium than milk.