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Tips for musicians to avoid RSI

One of the most common problems that musicians encounter is Repetitive Strain Injury (RSI).

Musicians who play their instruments for long periods of time are at a higher risk of suffering from RSI.

Musicians who suffer with RSI may be forced to stop playing any instruments for a while in order to

recover.

RSI is a condition that is caused by repetitive movements. It is a common problem, not only for

musicians, but also typists and those who practice sports on a regular basis. RSI usually causes pain

in the wrist but sufferers may also experience back, neck or shoulder pain. The regular use of

instruments can lead to musicians suffering from RSI, as they use repetitive movements to play them.

Pianists and string players in particular have a high risk of RSI.

While RSI can be painful, there are steps that you can take to reduce the risk of developing an injury.

If you play an instrument regularly, then it is vital that you start taking care of your muscles so that you

can practice safely. Some musicians practice playing for hours, but it is important to know when your

body is ready to take a break. Taking regular breaks will help to reduce the strain on your wrist,

fingers and other areas of your body that can be affected by RSI.

It is also recommended that musicians take regular exercise. Exercises such as jogging, yoga or

aerobics can help to train muscles and prepare your body for hours of practising your music.

Maintaining a good posture can also help to reduce the risk of RSI. When playing an instrument for

hours, it is important that you have the right posture, especially if you play string instruments for long

periods. Good posture can help to keep your body properly aligned and will reduce strain on your

joints and muscles.

Another common cause of RSI among musicians is not playing an instrument correctly. If you have

very little practice in playing a particular instrument, then you may not be holding the instrument

correctly or you may have the shoulder strap to your instrument positioned incorrectly. This can result

in strain on your wrists, fingers and shoulders. It may be worth seeking advice from a musician who is

trained, as he or she will be able to instruct on how to play and hold the instrument correctly to reduce

the risk of RSI.

Wearing protective gear can also help to relieve muscle or joint soreness caused by repetitive

movements when playing an instrument. You can easily find a recovery-clothing retailer that provides

protective full arm clothing such as arm sleeves. Choosing the right clothing will enable you to find

relief for RSI and enable you to practise safely.

By taking steps to reduce the risk of RSI and taking care of your muscles, you can enjoy a much safer

and more comfortable experience when it comes to practising your music, and lower the risk of

developing any further injuries.

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