Piano and the Alexander Technique
Piano players start off with the enjoyment of making music. Over time they develop a love of it and to become good at it, practice hours on end. The more hours practiced the better the results. Or so the thought goes. Little realized is the risk all musicians face. that of developing physical problems.
These become a vicious cycle with the practice. Each exacerbating the other. Playing piano in primary school, I started experiencing shoulder pain. The harder I played, the more tense I became, the more pain there was, the more I tensed! No let up except to give up the piano.
Some diagnoses that occur commonly among keyboard players are:
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome; RSI, OOS; Tendonitis; Bursitis; Tendonosis; Tenosynovitis; Trigger Thumb; Myofascial Pain Syndrome.
To find a way to play unhindered means finding appropriate ways to relax, release tension, to make more easy movements during the hours spent at the keyboard.
Alexander Technique has been used extensively by musicians, actors, dramatists, and singers to good effect world-wide, in the attempt of being able to continue without the debilitation of pain, loss of energy.
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