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Cervical spine and playing
#2724174 03/25/18 09:18 AM
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Recently I started to have feelings of numbness in my hands due to pinched nerves in my neck

anybody found a way of improving this ailment, save an operation?

does it come and go? (never had it before)


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acortot #2724179 03/25/18 09:47 AM
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Have you seen a health care provider?

If you see a surgeon, the recommendation is likely to include surgery, but there are lots of other providers who might recommend exercise, stretching, relaxation, acupuncture, yoga and many other modalities.


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I suggest you see a specialist sports masseur(se), and get him (her) to work on your neck. This is a common ailment in many sports, and its relief much more common than you may think.

That kept me going for many years, until I eventually needed carpal tunnel release surgery in my mid-60's.


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A good chiropractor could be able to help also.


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Learning what is good posture at the piano and how to maintain it while practicing can sometimes be a help to preventing such conditions.

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I had a C6-7 fusion and C5-6 foramenotomy in 2009, because of a disintegrated disc. I have permanent nerve damage and a loss of feeling in my right 1, 2, and 3 fingers. The good news is that that doesn't hurt my playing at all. (But then again, I've never been all that good) The sense of touch is irrelevant, it's the sound that's the feedback.


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I get some limited relief from having a good cushion on the bench.


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Yes, I have this ailment, and I believe it will bet progressively worse. The symptom is tingling in my fingers, hand, and sometimes up my forearm on waking in the morning. My doctor prescribed hysical therapy: I was given stretching exercises designed to open up the space between the vertebrae in my neck, as well as neck strengthening exercises. There are two issues in my neck: Arthritis is one, and the other is that as I grow older, the space in-between my vertebrae is diminishing due to the downward pressure of gravity. My doctor is quite chary about surgery. For the time being, I'll do the physical therapy exercises, and not consider surgery. I don't feel that my condition as yet affects my pianism, and the arthritic pain isn't severe.


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Yes, I have this ailment, and I believe it will bet progressively worse. The symptom is tingling in my fingers, hand, and sometimes up my forearm on waking in the morning. My doctor prescribed hysical therapy: I was given stretching exercises designed to open up the space between the vertebrae in my neck, as well as neck strengthening exercises. There are two issues in my neck: Arthritis is one, and the other is that as I grow older, the space in-between my vertebrae is diminishing due to the downward pressure of gravity. My doctor is quite chary about surgery. For the time being, I'll do the physical therapy exercises, and not consider surgery. I don't feel that my condition as yet affects my pianism, and the arthritic pain isn't severe.


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IMHO it always pays either way to keep the muscles around the structure in as good nick as possible. Personally I have a massage ball that I can use on my neck in a doorframe or against the wall. You can press the ball in and move it around by tiny amounts if you feel that one of the muscles is getting too stiff, or sore.

My Osteopath raised this point. If the muscles around the structure are tense then the structure can experience being pulled by them, which in turn puts an extra stress which one doesn't need with your kind of condition. And if it's the muscles pinching the nerves (???) then perhaps this might help release things a little bit.

The previous suggestion of a sports massage could work, but personally I find the massage ball very effective, because I can do it when I want, and also I can pinpoint very exact areas with it. It's basically just a Lacrosse ball, you can get them for a few quid. You can get various sizes, and "spiky" ones etc.

And take this opportunity to perfect your posture. I've noticed the piano can tend to make one hunch over, due to looking at the hands. Perhaps learn how to play more by feel a bit more, and attempt to maintain a good posture.

I know these don't address your actual immediate problem but they are good things to do anyway IMHO and can only help.


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