July 25th, 2017
Do you Play an instrument? Then this blog is for you! As a musician, you put a lot of stress and strain on your body, more than the average person. Just like professional sports athletes, you often practice for numerous hours per day to perfect your skills. There are specific mechanics and symptoms that go along with playing a musical instrument that usually get overlooked or pushed aside—posture, numbness in your fingers, pins and needles in your arms, or pain in your neck and upper back to name a few.
Every time you practice your instrument, you can overwork and underwork muscles. Simply put, the muscles that you are used to play the instrument get stronger, tighter, shorter, and form scar tissue; the opposing muscles get weaker and are underdeveloped. This forms an imbalance in the body and puts stress on the joints, including the spine, elbows, wrists, and fingers.
Just like the office worker that types for 8 hours a day, as musician you are at risk for repetitive strain injuries due to the sheer volume of finger and wrist movements they are performing during shows and practice. Your injuries are not limited to the hands and forearms, the whole body can be affected depending on what the you are doing and what position you are playing in.
Chiropractors are the only health care providers trained in detecting, analysing, and correcting subluxations. Various techniques are used. However, the goal is the same: remove nervous system interference and allow the body to function and heal to its full potential. The goal of correcting subluxations of the joints of the upper extremities are the same: restore original and proper alignment of the joint to allow it to have normal and proper function allowing you to play in harmony.
Chiropractic care is simple; yet it is profound in its ability to help the body regain and maintain its health. If you play an instrument and want to avoid repetitive strain injury and poor posture related pains for good, find a musician-friendly chiropractor now! They may see enhanced performance, quicker reaction time, decreased pain in fingers, neck, and upper back, decreased tingling and numbness in arms and fingers, increased energy, less muscle fatigue while playing, and more relaxed muscles.
Dr. Andrea McCormack is the owner of Posture-Doctor.com. She has worked with numerous musicians. Her main focus is getting people well and helping their health and well-being excel. If you would like to schedule an appointment contact her 028 867 61861
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