I spent a long time working my way out of the printing industry only to find myself right back in it last May - after 4 years at a real job - thanks to the economy and layoffs. So now my arm hurts like hades, especially after busy periods when we have a lot of overtime. It only seemed to get better over the 4th of July weekend holiday, so it was obvious it was my job. So what to do? I was willing to try about anything. I sure didn't want to go to the doctor, have them charge me a copayment, then tell me to take freakin' ADVIL - AGAIN!! Come on, guys. Been there done that - with headaches, back pain, swollen lymph node, etc. I can take Advil without a doctor visit. So, I'll cut to the chase - the book totally makes sense, totally explains everything in language I can understand, and it worked. I'll admit the "brace" idea scared me at first until I saw the picture on page 31. Page 31 pretty much nailed it though as to the exact cause. It showed exactly where this muscle is and what it does, and that's exactly the spot where I keep grabbing my arm and shaking out my hand.
Now the brace I haven't bought yet, but my sister had some of those weights in storage so I went to get them. Here's the pleasant surprise - the exercises with the dumbbells on page 47 actually feel really good. It's like a stretching feeling that isn't unpleasant at all - maybe a mild sting is all. In fact, I did them every day at first which probably explains the stinging. But it feels good. And, there's a whole chart in the back that helps you keep track of when to do what. Now I'm following that, and it's going better (well the last couple of days I've been writing it down). I'll see if Walgreens or someone has that brace. But I'm practically pain free already. Also I volunteered to clear pallets for a week and work that muscle less - I'm sure that has something to do with it too. Giving the muscle a chance to heal, like the book says. In any case I got the whole thing read in one evening, got the answers I wanted. My day is full enough - I just wanted this pain to go away. Not another textbook. This was exactly what I was looking for.