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It is only recently that studies or surveys have been performed on the widespread nature of injuries associated with musicians. Like professional athletes, musicians perform for the public.  And just like the athletes, musicians can lose their jobs if they don’t perform.
But unlike athletes, who work with physicians and trainers almost daily, many musicians [...]

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Repetitive Strain Injury – RSI Repetitive strain injury is a condition where pain and other symptoms occur in an area of the body which has done repetitive tasks (often arms or hands). Treatment includes stopping the task (if possible), and other measures such as painkillers and physiotherapy.
NB.  Repetitive strain injury is very common amongst musicians.
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DeQuervain’s tendonitis is also recognized as DeQuervain’s tenosynovitis, DeQuervains syndrome and DeQuervains disease.
De Quervain’s tendonitis is a unpleasant condition characterized by pain and swelling on the thumb side of the wrist. De Quervain’s tendonitis is a condition brought on by irritation or swelling of the tendons found along the thumb side of the wrist.
This is [...]

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Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is caused by compression of the median nerve that passes through the carpal tunnel in the wrist. Along with the diagnosis of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome comes considerable pain and impairment along with numbness, paresthesia (pins and needles) and loss of hand strength, coordination, and pincer grasp. This impairment is problematic for almost [...]

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The Alexander Technique can be particularly helpful to musicians and actors because many of them unknowingly hold far too much tension while playing their instrument or when playing a particular character. The musician, for instance, may be unconsciously gripping his or her instrument while the actor may also be taking on the postural traits of [...]

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