Originally Posted by: john of MT
If anyone is having aches and pain problems one of the first things they should look at, IMO, is their conditioning as it applies to the activity that's giving them trouble.
I'm just not sure what exercises my arm would benefit from... like ones directed at helping with carpal tunnel syndrome, if that's what it is. I hope I don't sound like I'm a couch potato; I'm not. I'm quite fit: I cycle every day I get a chance to, and kiteboard avidly for 8 months of the year.
I did get a few exercise balls and a finger exerciser that are supposed to help specifically with guitar playing, but honestly, the "improve your grip" stuff seemed to make things worse, not better. It may come down to seeing a specialist, and seeing what they say. Nothing sucks worse than having the gear, time & motivation but just not able to get the hand going the way it should.