Natural Pain Management for Musicians
Updated: Apr 17, 2019
Chronic and acute pain affects both professional and amateur musicians at some point in their lives. Overuse and repetitive movements are the leading causes of injuries related to playing a musical instrument and the effects are often felt many years later.
In addition to overuse and repetitive movements. poor posture and performance related movements can also cause an accumulation of strain on the joints of the neck, back, shoulder and elbow.
The most common injuries that affect musicians are:
De Quervain's tenosynovitis
Carpal tunnel syndrome
Thoracic outlet syndrome
Strained vocal cords
Back, neck and shoulder strain
When it comes to pain, physical pain is only part of what is going on with the whole person.
When we are in pain, it affects other aspects of our being. Physical pain causes emotional, mental and psychological pain as well. This affects other parts of your personal and proffessional life and may cause stress, anxiety, depression and strained relationships. This is why a multi faceted approach to pain is necessary for optimal health.
It essential that all parts of the entire being are treated in order to reduce physical pain. Taking a painkiller like Vicodin or Oxycontin only masks the pain and it is a temporary solution. It does not treat the source of the pain and it does not treat the emotional, mental and psychological aspects of pain management. Natural Pain Management addresses the whole person and the whole being.
What does a Natural Pain Management plan include?
Physical Therapy - treats physical pain
Chiropractic Care - treats physical pain
Massage - treats physical pain
Acupuncture - treats physical pain
Cannabis/CBD oil - treats physical pain, nausea and can help treat anxiety
Reiki promotes deep realxation and stress reduction and is an exellent way to treat acute and chronic pain as a component of a Natural Pain Management plan. In addition to deep relaxation and stress reduction, Reiki also alleviates anxiety, relieves pain, calms the mind, promotes mental clarity and focus and provides an increased rate of recovery from injury, illness and surgery.
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