pain in right upper arm
I'm dealing lately with pains in my left upper arms in certain positions esp after playing( esp moving or rotating arm backwards ) also at times during playing(but it's not very strong pain. The right side is better. When try to massage my left neck muscle it's very tight. I try to massage that one and do some stretching. I had it less since a while, but it has gotten worse lately. I don't play for hours. I'm a part time teacher ( and homeschool parent) Any thoughts? have you dealt with that? What have you done that helps? Thanks
I suspect you are raising your shoulder and clamping your head downwards to "hold" the violin (rather than "holding it up"..); and maybe you have to force your left elbow too far the right.
For the right arm, perhaps you have a raised shoulder, an elbow uselessly high, and a bow "pinched" rather than held "like a baby bird" (Menuhin).
I have pain in the upper part of my left arm too. My teacher cannot see anything wrong with what I am doing but of course he does not watch me while I am practicing. And I practice seated (otherwise my bow hits the ceiling), whereas I stand at my lessons, so my posture might be better there.
First of all, sorry to hear you are having pain! I have dealt with a few injuries related to playing/overpracticing and have learned a few things along the way:
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Given what you describe, it is also possible that you have some sort of rotator cuff issue, perhaps tendinitis. Go to a doctor as soon as possible to get the problem diagnosed. Your doctor will probably figure out what the problem is and send you to a physical therapist. That (and anti-inflammatories) is the ultimate treatment for a lot of these kinds of injuries.
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