I'm a guitarist, and have been playing well over 40 years. I'm going on 61 FYI. Over the course of the last 15 years or so, I've begun to have what are apparently called "intention tremors", just in those two fingers (ring and pinky fingers on the left hand). "intention" means they don't shake on their own, but will tremble when I apply any tension or presure (in other words, when i try to use them!). I'm sure my hand position technique has improved over a lifetime of playing. Though I may have contributed to the issue in the past, I don't think I'm doing anything wrong technique wise NOW to add to the problem. My doctor ran some tests and concluded there is nothing like "Parkinson's" going on, but suggested it may be a side effect of beta-agonists I take for asthma. (Not surprisingly, there are meds called "beta-blockers" which could help, that are NOT recommended for people with asthma.) It is also possible that I have some Carpal Tunnel syndrome going on here, as I've had finger numbness come and go in this hand over the years too.
Now fortunately the problem has remained confined to these fingers. I "dabble" in piano too, and I do some right hand intensive finger picking on the guitar. So I'd notice right away if the problem were in my right hand too. Its not.
The thing is, despite my best efforts to work through this problem (as any musician would), there are occasional pieces of music that require me to use these fingers (especially the pinky) in a manner that will trigger these tremors to the point where it gets in my way. It is a minor distraction if I'm performing as people have a habit of noticing things like that, but I wouldn't care one bit about that if it never affected the sound. It DOES!
So what I've been doing, aside from trying to minimize my use of asthma meds as much as possible, is I've been trying to invent therapies. In some cases I'll try to move my fingers VERY slowly and try to concentrate on control. I'll also try to hold my finger with my other hand as I move, in order to coerce a smooth motion. For the carpal tunnel possibility, years ago I acquired a device called "wrist trac" which is a simple traction device approved for medical use in Canada, but not yet in the USA. I'm very opposed to the extremely invasive surgery for carpal tunnel, and could not afford it anyway. It did work well, and I can honestly say the occasional numbness as all but been eliminated.
So I'm a big believer in looking for alternative therapies for things like this, and so I'm asking for any and all similar experiences and especially successes people have had. As you see, for the carpal tunnel, that wrists traction device seems to have completely cured the numbness, even though none of my doctors ever heard of it. I suspect there are many such alternative remedies that no doctor would ever tell you, much less know about. But even if the wrist track device has helped, it can only do so much to releive pressure on the nerves. If nerve damage has already been done, however, the best i can do is find ways to focus the amazing healing power of the body. So any and all suggestions are welcome. For what its worth, I promise to not hold anyone responsible for any negative affect of following their advice.
Thanks for listening, and thanks in advance for any experiences shared.