Rocking & Rolling in Agony: When Musos Get Out of Whack


Music is highly rewarding but it places a great demand on performers. Many musicians develop physical injuries related to playing their instruments. Injuries cause severe pain, disability and the end of musical career. Practice and performance contribute to pain and injury. Long rehearsals to give the perfect performance left musicians rocking and rolling in agony. The parts of the body commonly affected are the back, neck, right and left upper limb. The injuries that musicians get are as different as the instruments they play. Pianist often have problem with their wrist. Brass players suffered neck problems. Cellists complain of problems with their shoulders. Drummers often times tend to have tendonitis and lower back painCauses of Musician Injuries include:

  • Incorrect posture
  • Misuse of the body
  • Non-ergonomic technique
  • Fast repetitive movements
  • Excessive force
  • Overuse
  • Stress
  • Insufficient rest breaks

Musicians practice for long periods of time to perfect their skills. Most of them develop physical injuries from playing their instruments. They play through pain because they don’t understand the danger of long-repetitive motions on specific muscles. The muscles used for playing instruments are overused causing imbalance in the body and puts stress on the spine, elbows, wrists and fingers. Musicians are at risk for musculoskeletal injuries. Repetitive motion injuries include:

  • Carpal tunnel Syndrome
  • Cubital Tunnel Syndrome
  • DeQuervain Syndrome
  • Thoracic Outlet Syndrome
  • Myofascial Pain Syndrome
  • Bursitis
  • Tendinitis
  • Tendinosis
  • Tenosynovitis
  • Trigger Finger
  • Vertebral Subluxation

Repetitive strain injury causes pain in the muscles, nerves, tendons and other soft tissues from repetitive motion of the body. Common signs and symptoms include tingling, pain, numbness, loss of motor control and reduced mobility. Misalignment in the join or spine puts stress on the muscle tissue surrounding the joints. If there’s tingling, numbness or pain there is nerve interference. Chiropractic can help in this situation. Chiro specialises in extremity and spinal adjustments. Chiro care works on spinal and joint alignment. It also restores balance in body function within the skeletal, nervous and muscular systems. Musicians can benefit from chiro care for therapy and preventive treatment.

Too often when musicians get out of whack, the medical advice they get is to just stop playing. But telling musicians to stop playing affects their technique and their ability to play. Musos who are serious about their music should consider getting checked by a chiropractor. Chiros are the only health care providers trained in analysing, detecting and correcting the spine and extremities. Adjustments can decrease pain in fingers, neck and limbs. It can also decrease tingling and numbness in the fingers and arms. This will enhance performance, increase energy and decrease muscle fatigue while playing. Adjustments can remove nervous system interference and allow the body to function to its full potential.