Be aware. Ask yourself if you are comfortable during and after playing, so many people ignore the signs.
Physiotherapy advice for Musicians
Get treatment fast to nip problems in the bud. As soon as you feel any aches and pains, see a Physio; progressive problems such as repetitive strain will not go away and if left may become irreversible. We will assess you to find out where the problem stems from. Treatment to the joints and muscles using techniques such as mobilisation to the joints, exercises and deep tissue work to your muscles will loosen up your body and help you to move again.
Prevent problems. Because you spend a lot of time in stressful positions, regular monthly Deep Tissue Massage and 6 monthly check ups with your Physio will keep you safe.
Seating set up. If you practice in sitting, make sure you have a quality seat which allows your feet to rest flat on the floor and helps to keep a forward curve in your lower back.
Rest. Take breaks and change the positions you practice in, standing as well as sitting, if you can. You use the same muscles over and over, the workaholic muscles will start to tighten (and strain), particularly as you begin to tire.
Always keep your music high enough. Put your music stand at the right height this will keep your head in the correct position and stop you from slumping.
Take control. Improving your abdominal (and pelvic floor) muscles will help you stay upright for longer, giving you good control and a healthier posture. For singers and wind players, the increase control of the pelvic floor will help your vocal control too.
Stop bad habits. Sit upright at your instrument- particularly if you hold the weight of your instrument in front of you or under your chin. If you are constantly twisting in one direction you need to stretch into the opposite side to prevent developing a lopsided physique.
Don't break the wrist. The more you bend your wrist when you play, the more stress you will put through the tendons and muscles in your hand. Keep your wrist as straight as possible whilst you play; this will allow you to use your fingers with far less strain and actually makes the sound you produce better. This may not apply to Drummers, who should at all times remain as relaxed as possible- drumming may involve flicking the wrist.