Back pain from playing violin?

Asked by: Candice Harris

In the low back, we see a loss of lumbar lordosis, or backward curve, along with a pelvis that is tilted back. Playing with these postures in a prolonged fashion contributes to muscles and ligaments being stretched in the back, leading to weakness and eventual pain with overuse in this non-optimal posture.

Why does my back hurt when I play my violin?

Sore limbs

The most common pains involve the upper part of the body: the back, the shoulders and the cervical spine (upper part of the spine). These physical pains result from an unnatural posture adopted by the violinist or the violist. They impose on their body a position and physical constraints that cause pain.

What injuries can you get from playing violin?

The neck, shoulder and temporomandibular joints are the most commonly affected areas, due to prolonged flexion of the head and shoulder required to hold the violin. The elbow and fingers are also common sites of disorders.

What happens if you play violin too much?

It can triggle subtle damage. Damaged cells can lead to inflammation. Inflammation triggers pain, scarring, and other issues. Imagine the damage you could do if you practice for an hour or two a day, 5-7 days a week with inappropriate muscle tensions.

Do violinists get scoliosis?

Unfortunately, a lot of violinists and violists DO have pain related to some degree of scoliosis of the spine. Problems can show up as back, neck, shoulder, or other pain.

What is a violin hickey?

You have a violin hickey. Also known as fiddler’s neck, violin hickeys are red marks that appear on violinists’ necks for a variety of reasons. One of the more common reasons these spots appear is length of practice time, making them a badge of honor for both amateur and professional players.

Do violinists have muscles?

During this movement, the most involved muscles are deltoid, biceps and triceps brachii. Elbow flexion and shoulder flexion are required during the up-bow movement. The maximum angle indicates the position of most shoulder flexion at the end of the up-bow movement.

Is violin good for posture?

Your shoulders are symmetrical. And relaxed your head only minimally tilts over to keep the violin in place and your spine is straight scales are great for a lot of things such as intonation.

How do you hold a violin without it hurting?

Place your violin on your collarbone, not your shoulder.

Your chin doesn’t have to squeeze the violin to prevent it from wobbling while bowing. You should instead be balancing your violin between your hand and your collarbone, with an even 50/50 weight distribution. The endpin should point to the middle of your throat.

How do I keep my violin comfortable?

And kind of where your collarbone. Sits. So for me and I think just as sort of a general good starting point about 45 degrees out from your center line is a good place to have your scroll.

What is Fiddler’s neck?

Fiddler’s neck is a common dermatologic condition associated with instrument use in violin and viola players. It typically manifests as a submandibular and/or supraclavicular lesion. It is a benign condition, but it may be mistaken for lymphedema or a salivary gland malignancy.

Does violin cause hearing loss?

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The French horn is not the only musical instrument that can cause hearing loss. Cymbals, piccolo, flute and violins can all damage your ears when played at their maximum volume. Trombone, cello, clarinet, piano and the oboe can also produce sounds above 85 dB.

Can playing the violin cause tendonitis?

Tendonitis is usually caused from excessive repetitive movement and overuse (e.g., playing a stringed instrument).

Why do violinists shake their fingers?

It is a wavering effect of tone obtained by rapidly shaking the string that the finger is stopping, notes the Schirmer Pocket Manual of Musical Terms. The technique is used on notes of longer duration—notes of shorter duration usually are played without vibrato.

How can musicians avoid tendonitis?

How can musicians avoid developing tendonitis? Mr David Hargreaves, Fortius Consultant in hand & wrist, told us that “warming up is key. Strengthening exercises of the hands can also help. Musicians should take frequent breaks when practicing or performing, so the hands and wrists receive adequate rest”.

Do violinists have neck problems?

Fiddler’s neck is an occupational disease that affects violin and viola players. It is a cutaneous condition usually characterized by redness, thickening, and inflammation on the left side of the neck below the angle of the jaw where the instrument is held.

Which is harder violin or piano?

On the technical side, producing a good sound and in tune is definitely more difficult on the violin. The piano is easier to play the first tune on it. But when it comes to music, both are difficult instrument because learning music is a life long journey.

Why do violins give hickeys?

The theories of why the hickey occurs vary just as much as suggested remedies. For most, the violin hickey is a mark of pride, a battle scar, a badge of honor won only through hours of practice and performance—a telltale mark that the bearer is a true string player.