Austin is the live music capital of the world, with a regular stream of headliners in town. Just this month, we’ve seen great groups come through for ACL and more recently performing at the Circuit of the Americas’ Formula One racing events.
Much like athletes, musicians’ bodies suffer a great deal of wear and tear from their profession.
Musculoskeletal disorders plague 73.4% to 87.7% of all musicians, with string players reporting the highest prevalence.
Tickling the ivories, strumming a guitar, or playing drums repetitively through a grueling rehearsal schedule and back-to-back performances can do a number on fingers, wrists, the neck, and shoulders. And then there’s the added stress of hauling heavy instruments and equipment from one gig to the next.
Bones and joints can become easily fatigued from this repetitive use, leading to pain, inflammation, and potentially serious conditions like arthritis.Arthritis occurs when the cartilage between joints breaks down resulting in weakened bones, and decreased flexibility and range of motion.