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Old 03-27-2016, 06:19 PM
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My question now is that I am starting to have range of motion issues in my right (dominant) shoulder. Any ideas what this could be? Great thread btw Mark!
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Caveat in that such things should always be properly diagnosed by a medical pro, I would suggest rotator cuff. I say diagnosed as there are several ligaments in the shoulder and any one of them can be 'rotator cuff'.

Mine's the inner one, both shoulders. Almost destroyed the right one with years of very heavy swimming. It took 3 years of physio but it came back to 95%. Now the left one's gone bad (lifting scuba tanks & weights teaching), but I'm just repeating the physio exercises and it's come back about 60% so far. Occasional naprocen (Aleve - without additives) to control inflamation.

Weird thing - blowing glass actually makes it feel better. Maybe it's all the heat.

I also concur with icing the injury.
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Old 03-27-2016, 09:49 PM
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I injured my shoulder a few years ago from doing something stupid non glass related. It killed me in the hotshop for about 7 months. What helped me heal was triglosamine ( I think that's how you spell it). It's made from crab and shrimp shells and helps cartilage and tendons heal fast.
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Old 03-28-2016, 08:10 PM
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I'm a distance swimmer in the warmer months, walk a few miles daily (outside of the studio) and stay in reasonable shape but am rapidly losing upper body strength due to spine/back/neck injuries from a 1988 head on collision with a drunk driver. Raynaud's is causing major numbness and circulation in my hands and feet. Had lots of tendonitis in years past but have since learned to stretch and ice. The upper arm strength is a big issue - I'm almost 5'3 and can hardly do a 12 block piece. 10 block is awkward now. I find that if a piece is too heavy I tend to feel like I'm going to fall over - no balance. The fact that I am 58 has nothing to do with it I'm sure! In my right hand I have arthritis, trigger finger, and old tendon injury that causes my finger to hyper extend and the reynauds.
I just went to my 40th high school reunion and compared to a few others (it was a small class) I have nothing to complain about! so I'll keep stretching, blow smaller pieces and hope that things don't get much worse. Or that surgery/medicine gets better. Or maybe someone will come along and be my assistant during the week that will handle the large pieces I want to make AND drag the 50lbs bags of cullet to the shop for charging! That's the ticket!~
or maybe I'll sell the studio and move to the beach
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Old 03-28-2016, 08:14 PM
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PS - to Barb - I have a fabulous acupuncturist. When I first went to China in 1981 I was amazed at some of the things I saw in acupuncture clinics and have been a fan every since. I also have a TENS unit for back problems. It's another life saver.
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Old 03-28-2016, 09:22 PM
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Thanks Richard, Eben and Pringle for your experience and advise. I do need to see a doctor and I will shortly but in the meantime I'm trying to find out what may be going on with my right (dominant) shoulder.
I have regular ongoing throbbing pain all day all night but I also have more severe pain and am unable to lift my arm straight above my head without severe pain at this time. I am icing and trying to not use it unless I'm blowing but you know how that goes.
And Pringle don't discount selling!
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Old 03-30-2016, 05:55 PM
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Pringle, have you considered stationary blocks where they're lined with paper and you bring the gather to the block while standing? I blow into crucibles lined with paper.
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I had a movement guy come in and watch us work. He made a couple of videos for us. Some of you might find this useful.

3 minute intro
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dz6xevVjTtc
4 minutes with a bit of info about how and why it works
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AKAiI6P62Rc
3 minutes about ergonomics
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rQQMxnAZGdc
spine section: front, side, rotation
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HMH97Phh32Y
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kLIib32VKz8
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0ydIp2WUcXo
Forearm section: muscle reset and strength and flexibility
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EXDltSJo9U4
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SWisA4wYsoY
3 minute video showing how the above can be done as a warmup/cooldown/refresh at lunchbreak kind of routine
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pAji8XQi7pU
2 minute lecture about how to get up from sitting (will likely redo this one)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JH6P9MHEHlc

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xmLr...ature=youtu.be


https://youtu.be/KFI6I0mDqy8
https://youtu.be/5SebBVsBQ4I
https://youtu.be/2MXXTbBlDRA
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Watch the ones on the bottom first
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thanks for sharing that Jordan!
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Old 04-17-2016, 07:58 AM
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Thanks Jordan! great stuff!
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Old 04-17-2016, 08:09 AM
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Can anyone start a thread on causing injuries and how to get it over with quickly?
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Old 04-18-2016, 10:05 PM
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Pete - never grab the hot end of a punty
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Pete - never grab the hot end of a punty
Ouch....been there, done that!
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Old 04-19-2016, 06:57 AM
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It would seem to be unnecessary advice but I too have done it. Take the advice. Just don't do it, not even once.
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Old 04-19-2016, 07:51 AM
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never shape a hot cookie of glass on the marver with the handles of diamond shears and leave them unattended.

(I can see Pete planting his face into his palms now....)
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Old 04-19-2016, 08:36 AM
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long memory there.

It should read, never trust anyone to do the sane thing.
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Old 04-19-2016, 08:37 AM
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Ditto :-). I have pics. And there is a great burn center here in Chapel Hill!
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Never utter the words "Did you shut off the breaker?" because a YES answer does not necessarily mean a YES result.
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never utter the words "did you shut off the breaker?" because a yes answer does not necessarily mean a yes result.
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Old 04-19-2016, 01:44 PM
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When someone is trusting enough to bench blow for you, don't pop them inthe face with your pipe. This happened to friend of mine and he had to get a steel plate to fix his cheek bone
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Old 04-19-2016, 05:15 PM
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I got one for you guys. Never try to drain a boiling 50 gallon ladle cooling bucket(was used to empty a furnace in this instance) and drop the wheel into the floor drain sloshing gallons of boiling water all over yourself. I lost a lot of skin that day…. on the plus side I found out in a pinch I can get naked and be screaming for a hose in about 5 seconds flat.
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If a tool falls, don't lean on the tool bench to get it putting your hand right on the jack blade you just necked with....
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Old 04-20-2016, 01:41 PM
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This is sort of becoming a glassworker's "Jackass".

Kind of "Hold my beer I want to try something.."
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