Musicians’ Medicine

So it’s been a very long time since I wrote on here but after a lecture sowed a seed of thought (and after way too many attempts to log in) I have something I would like to share with you guys.

Musicians’ Medicine is a recent area of research looking at injuries such as Repetitive Strain Injury (RSI) and Musculoskeletal Discomfort, prevention of it and treatment of it.  So why is it then when typed into a google search of ‘who is at risk of rsi and Musculoskeletal Discomfort’ that out of the 11 sites on the first page, though all mention risks in the ‘work place,’ not once are musicians are mentioned.  Is it because we strictly speaking, don’t have a set workplace, or is it even more fundamental that people don’t consider being a ‘musician’ as a serious profession? Yes, these views may be changing but why has it taken this long for people to realise the physical strain a playing a musical instrument.  A teacher of mine once told me then when he was learning at university level, no one really ever considered RSI in string players or that it wasn’t accepted as an actually problem and that It was till the supermarket checkout workers started to complain of pain in the wrists from this repetitive movement that research was started.  Yet, still not in musicians.  Even musicians themselves do not address this issue until it is a major problem.  Why aren’t we teaching our young performers how to prevent this?

This isn’t thoroughly researched so feel free to correct and misconceived comments but thoughts?

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