i've been in a lot of pain these last few years due to wrist and arm injury from painting tiny paintings. my physical therapist i've been working with these last several months has really helped me understand what's happening to me exactly and how i can improve my work behaviors for the future with some stretches, exercises and changes in my work environment.
he taught me this trick, which i think will be useful for not just painters but also people who crochet and writers and jewelers and anyone who works with their hands, so i thought i'd share it here!! i'm not a doctor obviously so this isn't medical advice or a replacement for it, but it's a little tip to reduce your likelihood for injury and possibly provide some relief from some existing work-related pain. (if you're in serious pain, you should see a doctor immediately)
ok! so here goes. you'll need:
1. your narrow instruments (paintbrushes, pencils, pens, knitting needles, anything with a pretty narrow diameter in the handle)
2. some tennis overgrip tape (you can get it at any sports store)
and that's it! it'll take a minute of your time and could save you from a lot of needless suffering. hope this is helpful to someone else out there!