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Schmerzen beim Musizieren. [Feeling Pain While Playing a Musical Instrument.] Part 2

 
 

Copyright 2017, Mark Alan Wade

Primary Author: Diethelm, U.
Journal Title: Brass Bulletin
Date Published: 2002
Language: German
Category: Overuse Syndrome and Musculoskeletal Injuries
Key Words: medical pain injury overuse musician instrument
Full Citation: Diethelm, Urban. Schmerzen beim Musizieren. [Feeling Pain While Playing a Musical Instrument.] Part 2. Brass Bulletin 120 (2002): 98-100.
Full Abstract: Genuine overuse syndrome generally occurs when musicians play more often than usual. The body gives important warning signals, such as a feeling of heaviness when simply holding the instrument and pain between the shoulder blades while playing or holding the musical instrument. Overuse syndrome cannot be effectively treated with massage or with an operation. When experiencing chronic recurring pain, it is imperative to avoid altering the physical posture and mechanics of playing a musical instrument to avoid the pain. Instead, it is best to listen to one's body and perhaps examine one's technique, repertoire or instrument. Under constant pain, the nervous system can develop pain memory which may outlast the ailment which triggered it.