I'm a music student studying viola and need to be able to play for hours at a time, but playing makes it worse. I'm already seeing an osteopath and physiotherapist and doing all my stretches diligently, but nothing is fixing it yet - anything you can suggest? I have six concerts next week!
Megan, you mentioned that you have 6 concerts next week. Repetitive use your wrists and neck in a particular position can cause pain (overuse syndrome). Making sure to rest your wrists and hands is very important, giving them a chance to heal. Especially in between sessions. Check your
neck posture while you are playing your instrument, and discuss with your music teacher if there is a more ergonomic position for you to play in.
I would also suggest strengthening exercises for you- for your neck and your wrists so you can sit for long periods of time playing your instrument. Just like an athlete, you have to condition your body. For example using a
power putty in between sessions might be a good idea for you.
Finally, I would suggest using a
wrist brace in between sessions along with
cold therapy, to help reduce inflammation and decrease the pain sensation.
The most important thing Megan, is to work on strengthening the muscles you use to play your instrument- the viola. Good luck with your concerts next week!
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