3 Techniques to Prevent Motion Injuries
Posted by: david at 10:33 pm on May 22nd, 2016
Repetitive motion injuries such as carpal tunnel syndrome and tendonitis are real problems for musicians. Fortunately a little prevention goes a long way and will keep you playing for years and years to come. Below are a few tips to help prevent this conditions:
• Stay Relaxed – Mental and physical tension cause excess strain on your body. I find that when I am working on extremely difficult pieces my muscles tense up quickly, which quickly leads to fatigue. There are many physical and mental benefits of staying relaxed while playing music.
• Stay Natural – Bending your wrists in unnatural ways inhibits motion and also can lead to problems. Make sure you are seated at, or holding, your instrument in a way that allows you to comfortably play without any tension.
• Take a Break – If at any time you feel pain or discomfort you need to put the instrument down. Playing through the pain only makes it worse and prolongs the recovery period. Immediately seek advice from your instructor on how adjust your technique.
The most important thing to remember to listen to your body. If you are experiencing discomfort it is your body’s way of telling you something isn’t right. The good news is that when the symptoms are caught early they are easily managed. . If you have any questions or would like to sign up for private lessons contact The Marion Music Academy at 319-377-3343.
A graduate of Luther College, David Arnold has been providing high quality private music lessons to students of all ages for over 15 years. His specialties include saxophone, guitar, and bass guitar. Drawing upon his diverse musical background, David provides a unique experience that merges his formal training in music with his professional performance experiences. Students will learn to be confident, well rounded musicians that are capable of performing in a wide array of musical settings.