Map Interactive local COVID-19 tracker
Contact Us
Teaneck Daily Voice serves Teaneck, NJ
Return to your home site


Teaneck Daily Voice serves Teaneck, NJ

Nearby Towns

  • Fort Lee
    serves Fort Lee, Leonia & Palisades Park
  • Hackensack
    serves Hackensack, Maywood, Rochelle Park & South Hackensack
  • Englewood
    serves Alpine, Englewood, Englewood Cliffs & Tenafly
Breaking News: COVID-19: Woman Who Kept Mom, Kids In Filth Deliberately Sneezes On Target Customer, Police Say
Lifestyle Content Partnership

Injury Prevention Tips For Musicians

Aviva Wolff, OTR, CHT, EdD; Clinical Investigator, Leon Root, MD, Motion Analysis Laboratory at HSS
Aviva Wolff, OTR, CHT, EdD; Clinical Investigator, Leon Root, MD, Motion Analysis Laboratory at HSS Photo Credit: HSS

Music has the incredible power of boosting both emotional and physical health – and that’s just by listening! If you are a musician and music is your livelihood, you reap additional benefits. Playing music provides a total brain workout that strengthens many brain functions.

Regardless of which instrument you play, there is a repetitive nature that comes with playing music, so it’s important to engage in healthy habits to prevent occupational injuries. Practicing healthy habits not only prevents injury but allows musicians to play longer, faster, and better.

Practice makes perfect, right? In order to master a song, musicians perform highly repetitive and rapidly coordinated movements. While it’s unlikely for a musician to cut down on the number of practices or performances, it’s important to physically warm up prior to playing. Warming up before playing increases the blood flow to the muscles and allows musicians to play longer with less pain and fatigue. All musicians can benefit from a physical warm-up and stretches to the forearm muscles. Try to stop and take 10-15 minute breaks every hour, to give yourself an opportunity to do some gentle stretches or simply walk around to relieve any muscle tension and allow the muscles a chance to recover.

It is also common for musicians to give in to poor posture as they are typically playing for long periods of time in a somewhat unusual position. It’s best to practice good body mechanics which will help place less stress on joints and muscles to allow you to play even longer. A medical specialist can help make recommendations about your posture and position and prescribe stretches specific to your individual performance demands, instruments, and equipment.

If you do experience pain or an acute injury, rest and listen to your body. Stay calm and don’t panic. Most minor injuries disappear after a short rest or a few days. If symptoms do not disappear after several days, visit a healthcare professional.

Daily Voice produced this article as part of a paid Content Partnership with our advertiser, Hospital for Special Surgery

We are highly selective with our Content Partners, and only share stories that we believe are truly valuable to the communities we serve.

To learn more about Content Partnerships, click here.

Share this story

Welcome to

Teaneck Daily Voice!

Hi! You've read our articles so we know you like our reporting. To keep reading please join our mailing list.

Get important news about your town as it happens.