Musician Tips: Preventing Tendonitis

Music is a universal language through which an artist can express him or herself. Being a gifted musician is an exceptional talent that should not be taken for granted. You sing or play musical instruments like the piano, trumpets, and the guitar. Every profession has its risks, and it is up to you to take good care of yourself. Being a guitar player is a hobby for many people, be it for personal or professional purposes. It is, therefore, important for the guitar player to pay attention to the basic do’s and don’ts to avoid self-inflicted or accidental injury.


About Tendonitis

Tendonitis also called Tendinitis or elbow strain, a disease of the tendon is the inflammation of a tendon. A tendon can be defined as a tissue that attaches muscle to bone. It is known to be strong flexible and fibrous with the capability of enduring tension. Anyone can have Tendonitis, but it is more prevalent in adults aged over forty years. It is diagnosed through physical examinations, X-rays, and medical history. Self-care, rest, ice packs, painkillers, physiotherapy, injections, and surgery are some of the treatments for Tendonitis.


Symptoms of Tendonitis

1.) Immense pain in the affected area and surrounding area especially when you try to play your guitar. The pain can accumulate slowly or be abrupt and severe.

2.) Swellings and stiffness are occurring in the affected area. It may worsen in the morning.

3.) Change in the affected area to hot and red.

4.) A lump may develop along the tendon.

5.) Feeling weak or being unable to move your arm.

6.) Having a feeling that the tendon is snapping or grating when you try to move your arm.


Common Causes of Tendonitis

1.) Playing your guitar continuously which in turn causes repeated movement over time. Repetitive movements aggravate the tendons.

2.) Sudden injury due to incorrect posture or feeble stretching before playing the guitar can also cause Tendonitis.

3.) Awkward positions and forceful exertions when playing your guitar.

4.) Old Age – Tendonitis may be familiar to a guitar player who is old as tendons tend to be less flexible with age which makes them more prone to injury.


Measures to prevent Tendonitis

1.) As a musician, you are advised to start slow and build up your activity level progressively.

2.) As a guitar player, you need to exercise patience. You should use limited force and repetitions. Remember your health should be a priority.

3.) Use a guitar that you are used to, avoid experimenting too much.

4.) Taking regular breaks to avoid overworking your tendons.

5.) If you are still learning, you can view YouTube Tutorials online or use a professional guitar trainer to help you improve your skill.

6.) It is advisable to know your limits as a musician and acting on them. Don’t exert yourself outside your physical competence.

7.) Creating a comfortable playing environment and position before you start playing.

8.) Warming up before playing your guitar and taking time to cool down afterward

9.) In the course of your career, you are likely to experience great pain every once in a while. Should you feel unusual pain, you are recommended to stop playing immediately and do something else till you feel better.



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