The Ostrovsky technique of hand formation – or tendinitis?

October 17, 2013

The miniature Ostrovsky hand appliance, as advertised in The Strad, 1914
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Using the Ostrovsky contraption was supposed to ensure 'finger elasticity and speed'
The resulting hand gymnastics are demonstrated
The miniature device was billed as a 'the only substitute for long hours of instrumental finger practice'

A series of advertisements from The Strad, 1914, shows a system for strengthening the hands that looks more like a torture tool. No less than Efrem Zimbalist recommended it as ‘epoch-making': more probably, pain-making.

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