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#1538746 - 10/19/10 12:18 PM Repetitive strain injury.
LeahRose Offline
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Registered: 10/06/10
Posts: 18
Loc: England
heeeeeeeeey guys laugh

just wondered if any of you had experienced a form of RSI from playing piano?

i had it a couple of weeks ago and wasnt allowed to play, is there anyway of preventing it again?

ive started wearing a wrist strap when i play but thats about it smirk

thankyou laugh

I don't believe in grades, I have enough exams at school so why should I be tested in something I enjoy? <3

#1539071 - 10/19/10 10:26 PM Re: Repetitive strain injury. [Re: LeahRose]
GretchensPianos Offline
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Registered: 11/22/09
Posts: 131
Loc: MA

YES, there is a way to prevent a recurrence of RSI.

I have experienced RSI from typing long and hard in a word-processing dept. of a huge NY law firm. It wasn't from piano. The result is the same, though.

If you like, you can read some posts about injury prevention on my blog. This is the link to a search for "injury." http://gretchenspianos.wordpress.com/?s=injury&submit=Search

Take care, and all the best,
Gretchen Saathoff
Director of Music
Christ United Methodist Church, Northampton, MA
http://gretchenspianos.wordpress.com ~ website, blog.
http://wp.me/PE5t8-24O ~ E-book: "Goal-oriented Practice: How to Avoid Traps and Become a Confident Performer"
about making steady progress!

#1539540 - 10/20/10 03:41 PM Re: Repetitive strain injury. [Re: LeahRose]
LeahRose Offline
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Registered: 10/06/10
Posts: 18
Loc: England
thank you Gretchen!

Will definitely start taking more care when i play laugh

I don't believe in grades, I have enough exams at school so why should I be tested in something I enjoy? <3

#1686570 - 05/29/11 01:53 PM Re: Repetitive strain injury. [Re: LeahRose]
NeilOS Offline
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Registered: 08/13/06
Posts: 617
Loc: Los Angeles
RSI shouldn't be an issue at the piano if you use your body the way it was designed to be used. And how is that? I'm glad you asked.

Though it's not possible to diagnose your specific problem without looking at you play, here are some things to watch for. Make sure that your hand and arm are a unit, that is, a straight line like a tennis racket, but not rigid like a tennis racket. As long as you are straight with yourself, you can be at any angle with the keyboard. This is important to know so that you don't twist at the wrist in order to avoid the black keys.

Take care not to do anything to an extreme, I.e., stretch your hand too wide, lift your fingers up and away from the hand. (The only reason to come up is so that the finger can go down; make sure that you are not holding your fingers up.)

Finally, and this is a difficult concept to describe (but easy to show and feel), make sure your arm is behind the finger that is playing. This is accomplished through forearm rotation, our most useful and efficient underlying tool. Without forearm rotation, it is not possible to even get the hand on the keys, so you already are doing it. The question is, how are you continuing to move? Ask your teacher about this.

It shouldn't hurt to play the piano. How can we make music if we're enduing something?

Best wishes for a speedy recovery.
Concert Pianist, University Professor, Private Teacher in Los Angeles
Blog: http://www.pianoteacherlosangeles.com/

#1700946 - 06/24/11 01:18 AM Re: Repetitive strain injury. [Re: LeahRose]
BadOrange Offline
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Registered: 06/12/11
Posts: 368
Loc: Banned
no pain no gain!

You have to force thru the pain and it will eventually go away


ya don't do that.


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