Don't Let Repetitive Stress End Your Career.
In the music world, injuries may occur frequently as musicians are often pushing beyond their limits. Inadequate rest, unhealthy eating habits, improper posture and mental and emotional strain compound this problem. With a musician’s hectic lifestyle, adequate time is often not allowed for the body to heal. Painkillers and anti-inflammatory (especially steroids) medications to dull the aches and pains are often used. It’s a quick and easy approach, but only a temporary fix.
By covering up pain, stiffness, swelling, or aches, you may be masking a deeper problem. These are signals from your body telling you that something is weakened and out of balance. These warning signals are telling you to stop, rest, and heal.
In the short term, medication may enable you to return to your instrument, and carry on with your life, but in the long run, it may make your problem worse. Regular use of medication may contribute to further injury, and cause you to have unwarranted side effects that could greatly impact performance, creativity, endurance, and vitality.
Massage and acupuncture are time-tested, safe, natural and drug-free health care that can provide immediate relief and long-lasting benefits. We try to help musicians understand the importance of self-care as they are practice hour upon hour each day. By seeking care only when the situation is so advanced that they are on the verge of being unable to play their instruments, they risk ending their career soon after. The therapists at Elm City Wellness would like to see that change, and we encourage musicians to seek care before they are at that point in their pain.