Preventing Injuries for Instrumental Musicians
What are the Common Instrumental Injuries?
Repeated movement, excessive stress, incorrect posture, non-ergonomic technique and insufficient rest can cause different overuse and chronic injuries. For example, carpal tunnel syndrome, wrist and finger pain, shoulder tendinitis, bursitis and so on.
What instrumentalists should do to minimize the risk of injuries?
Always Warm Up
Take Breaks and Relax
Check Out Your Instruments
Is your instrument set up optimally for you to be able to play without putting too much stress on hands or other joints?
Evaluate Your Skills and Technique
Avoid rigid, tense positions, use large muscle groups whenever possible, reduce force, and keep joints in the middle of their range of motion.
Pay Attention to Your Body and Posture
Maintaining in an awkward posture creates muscle imbalance, stress and tension to your joint. This can lead to various pains and weakness in your body. Pain is a signal that your body trying to tell you something is wrong, so listen to your body, stop playing and take a break when it hurts.
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Shi Qi graduated with Bachelor of Physiotherapy (Hons), awarded by Anglia Ruskin University, UK. Certified Kinesio Taping Practitioner (CKTP®). She practiced as a physiotherapist in a Malaysian private physiotherapy center with a special interest in musculoskeletal and neurological rehabilitation. Her previous experience inspired her to combine active approach along with patients’ education to optimize the rehabilitation outcome in sports-related injuries and postural pain.
In her spare time, she enjoys swimming, singing, and playing piano.