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I’ve seen a number of threads about musculoskeletal problems that forum members have experienced. Many seem to be related to piano playing, some perhaps not.

My question is somewhat different. Have others found that piano playing has HELPED them with musculoskeletal problems?

A couple years ago, I had a pretty bad bicycle accident and fractured my right wrist. It was bad enough to require surgery and the installation of permanent hardware. The recovery was, as these things go, pretty normal, and involved a lot of therapy. However, I had some ongoing minor issues with the wrist and particularly with some of the tendons. When I decided I wanted to start playing again (which was well over a year after the accident), I was a little afraid that the ‘minor’ issues might become real problems for me. In fact, the opposite ended up happening. Fairly quickly, I started noticing real improvements in my wrist discomfort. I continue to feel that playing has had significant therapeutic value.

I am curious to see if others have had similar experiences, where playing has helped with recovery from orthopedic injuries, arthritis, or other musculoskeletal problems.

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My fingers started to lock themselves, and I had shake them a bit and unlock them. This was particularly noticeable - but not at all restricted to - when I played the piano. I did not have a teacher at that point.
I found a (video) teacher who was very good at piano technique - what parts of your arm, wrist, hands and fingers to relax, what parts to use. From day 1 with her lessons, I never again had a locked finger when playing the piano, and slowly never any more in my life either. Actually, I think I type with much more relaxed fingers compared to before her lessons. cool


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I've been having hand / finger issues for over a year now, I think it was related to lockdown and spending every waking moment either working at my home desk, or playing piano. The pain worsened with use and is now pretty much constant, although for a few weeks at a time, it will start to feel better.

I've tried taking breaks from work but the pain usually comes back with a vengeance when I resume again, sadly. Given that it has been well over a year now, I'm going to resume playing a bit of piano in the evenings anyway. I doubt it will improve my injury, but hopefully it will at least not aggravate it further than how it currently is.

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I have a natural tendency to ball my hands up in a fist (when I'm sleeping, concentrating) and playing keeps that at bay and provides relief. Usually when I go a few days without practicing and then have a really great practice session, my whole wrist will "pop, or crack", as if it had suddenly been freed from the locked position it would be in from the lack of motion. Just like your body would do if your lazy and never move. If you're doing it right, playing should provide relief.

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In the past year, I've been playing slower pieces including Jazz tunes in slow swing, Classical pieces like Bach WTC Prelude in C. Before playing a note, make sure the hands & fingers are hanging loose on the keys. Try to practice your pieces even slower and feel the fingers pressing every key and then releasing the pressure.

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I have better posture at the piano than I do at my work desk. Also depending on what I'm doing while working, I have more or less tension. For example, if I'm coding data, I have to pay close attention to keep tension out of my shoulders, wrists, etc., and I have make sure I'm not trying to type or select text too quickly. I had a very sore thumb one time and I realized I was slamming my thumb into the space bar during a particular coding task... Coding is also (for me) mouse-heavy, so sometimes I switch from RH to LH for mousing just to give myself right side a break.

I also am now very careful to take lots of breaks while working, get up and move around, do gentle stretches of my hands/wrists/arms.

At the piano, I am much more relaxed and I think the movement spreads my hands out and releases a lot of tension. The only thing I have to be careful about is if I'm playing/working on something new, sometimes tension creeps into my shoulders and if I'm not careful I can give myself a headache.

ETA: so the point is, I generally am much better at the piano keyboard than at the computer keyboard. Of course, I rarely practice piano for more than 2 hours in a row, and I don't have piano deadlines etc. Whereas at the computer, I have deadlines and all kinds of other stressors involved...

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Thanks to everyone who responded! I guess the relatively small number of responses means something, although I’m not sure whether it means that I don’t ask good questions, or people are more attuned to their bodies when things go wrong than when things go right, or that very few people have experienced significant musculoskeletal benefits from playing piano.

But there does seem to be a consensus that good technique and avoiding tension can go a long way to preventing piano related musculoskeletal problems.

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I guess that a number of people did not have any problems to start with. I think that if you do have some sort of issues, a certain type and amount of physical activity like piano playing can help, but it could also be done with other ways. I dont think the benefits are specifically related to the piano but simply to the actual mouvements.


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