People outside the classical music industry may not be aware, but professional instrumentalists often face the same sort of career-ending injuries that sportsmen and women do, from hearing loss and anxiety-related conditions to neurological conditions like focal dystonia, which can lead to fingers and hands failing to respond.
Luckily, there are steps you can take as a professional musician to help reduce the chances of sustaining an injury and yoga and pilates could prove particularly useful.
You can improve your body strength, breathing and posture awareness through this sort of exercise – important since the instrument you’ve chosen to play may not be all that ergonomic and when you’re playing them for hours on end day in, day out, you will start to notice all sorts of aches and pains.
Fancy giving it a go? Help Musicians UK is now putting on a class at MU HQ, Clapham Road, London on August 19th as part of Wellbeing Week 2014 to show musicians how the ancient art of yoga can be beneficial.
We’d love to hear from you if you do go, so get in touch to let us know if it helped at all.
What tips do you have for avoiding injury as a musician?
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