I went for a massage recently to help relieve the physical stress that we all suffer as violinists. When I mentioned that I get frequent headaches, the therapist decided to do a lot of work on my upper back and neck. I was shocked to discover how much tension I had in my upper neck, right below the head. When she applied pressure to this area, I could literally feel it in my temples...the same place where I get the headaches!
She used something called trigger point therapy on me. This is where pressure is applied to a tender or "trigger" spot and held there until it eventually subsides. It is ouchy at first, but I believe it really helped me.
When I got home, I felt so much better...until the next day when I started practicing the Bach Chaconne. I felt the tension come back within minutes to the back of my neck!
Does anyone else get frequent headaches? What do you think the causes are, and how can I prevent them? (besides getting more massages and quiting the violin) (:
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