June 23, 2013

Repetitive Strain Injuries (RSI)

Here’s something that most of us never give any serious thought to.  The act of driving, brushing our teeth, and even playing piano is not natural for a human being.  These are physical motions that our bodies were not designed to do – it just so happens that we do them.  For musicians it can get a little more awkward.  Wrapping the left hand around the neck of a guitar doesn’t feel very good for a first timer, and even the experienced guitar player will eventually become fatigued in the arms or the wrist.  A drummer might also end up with wrist problems after years of abusing them.

Typing is probably the worst of all repetitive strain injuries a person can deal with, and many modern adults spend most of their time in front of a computer at work.  A pianist might be better trained to avoid such injuries, but they aren’t immune to them either.  The moral is no matter what it is you play or do – you have to be weary of certain types of injuries.  Simple wrist exercises are a small step towards keeping the hands healthy, since they are the only hands you are going to get.