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Playing piano with a sore back #2770188
10/07/18 04:02 AM
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Until now I have played the piano sitting on a piano stool. But after a bad fall which damaged my spine I find this very painful. I need support at my lower back. Maybe an office chair is the answer.
But there is so much choice! With or without armrests, tilting position, height position.
Can anyone offer me advice? Thank you.

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Re: Playing piano with a sore back [Re: Golden Wattle] #2770189
10/07/18 04:36 AM
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My first effort would be to try an office chair with no armrests …. like the one I am sitting on right now.

I pulled it over to my digital piano and found that it could be made to work.

I could not get it adjusted high enough so my forearms slanted slightly downward toward the keyboard in the way that I like so that would be an issue.

Once I was able to do that, there may be an issue with my knees fitting under the piano.

So, anyway …. that is where I would start.

Good Luck


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Re: Playing piano with a sore back [Re: Golden Wattle] #2770237
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I’ve got spinal stenosis and same as above, I use an office chair with adjustable height. I can lean back to take the pressure off.


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Re: Playing piano with a sore back [Re: Golden Wattle] #2770280
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I was in a bad motorcycle accident 7 years ago where I suffered some permanent nerve damage and other issues that have messed up my spine. I find I am fine sitting on a piano bench even for up to two hours without a break, if I do two things simultaneously - use a thick memory foam cushion (this one has been great), and wear a lower back brace (this one has worked perfectly for me). Your mileage might vary however.


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Re: Playing piano with a sore back [Re: monkeeys] #2770636
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Originally Posted by monkeeys
I’ve got spinal stenosis and same as above, I use an office chair with adjustable height. I can lean back to take the pressure off.


I had spinal stenosis, and had the surgery for it on August 20 this year - Laminectomies at L23 and L45. I'm pain free for the first time since about 1980. The surgery isn't easy, but well worth doing. You need a neurosurgeon who does a lot of stenosis cases. Your primary doctor can't really diagnose it from the MRI. Neither can the imaging facility radiologist. Even severe stenosis can only be evaluated by a neurosurgeon who has a lot of experience in looking at an MRI and then doing the surgery. First thing, find the neurosurgeon.


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Re: Playing piano with a sore back [Re: Golden Wattle] #2770652
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You may find this book useful. I think it is excellent. Best wishes / Steve

https://www.amazon.com/What-Every-P...mr0&ref=sr_1_fkmr0_1#customerReviews


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Re: Playing piano with a sore back [Re: Golden Wattle] #2770745
10/09/18 03:21 AM
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Thank you for your replies. Lots of ideas for me to think about.
The discussion on spinal stenosis was an unexpected bonus!
My problem is an acute compression fracture of T9.
So thank you everyone


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