Musicians, both professional and amateur, need physical therapy too. They are at a considerable risk for developing musculoskeletal disorders. This can affect the joints, tendons, muscles, nerves, and ligaments of the body. Most musicians experience this kind of disorder especially because some of their body parts are called on to stretch farther, work harder or otherwise used at a greater level. Different kinds of physical stress are experienced by these people which is why they would benefit greatly from physical therapy.
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According to researches, a number of musicians suffer more injuries compared to high school athletes. Figures of a 2005 report show that seventy-six percent of musicians were required to stop playing due to a significant injury. Of course the type of injury that a musician can suffer from depends on the kind of instrument the musician is playing.
The injuries can interfere with the capability of the musician to perform their skill and slow up their usual day-to-day activities. The most frequent disorders are tendonitis in the hands and arms of instrumental musicians, knee or ankle sprains in marching musicians, and neck and back pain in vocalists.
It is important for these individuals to have physical therapy programs to lessen the stress levels they experience each time they perform. Before entering a certain program, they should first seek consultation with a healthcare provider. It is best to consult with a who has a background knowledge of music and well-versed in the treatment of such disorders or injuries. This is to ensure prevention and rehabilitation for all kinds of musicians.
A basic treatment is to carefully regulate the time of practice, maybe reduce to three or four hours from eight hours of practice. Long hours of practice can make your muscle get stronger but it can take its toll on your body. Other than reducing practice time, a lasting relief for musicians can come from a massage, electric stimulation, and trigger point therapy that uses small needles, which started from David Shulman, a former professional musician turned physical therapist.