Posted By: LeahRose
Repetitive strain injury. - 10/19/10 04:18 PM
just wondered if any of you had experienced a form of RSI from playing piano?
i had it a couple of weeks ago and wasnt allowed to play, is there anyway of preventing it again?
ive started wearing a wrist strap when i play but thats about it
Posted By: GretchensPianos
Re: Repetitive strain injury. - 10/20/10 02:26 AM
YES, there is a way to prevent a recurrence of RSI.
I have experienced RSI from typing long and hard in a word-processing dept. of a huge NY law firm. It wasn't from piano. The result is the same, though.
If you like, you can read some posts about injury prevention on my blog. This is the link to a search for "injury." http://gretchenspianos.wordpress.com/?s=injury&submit=Search
Take care, and all the best,Gretchen
Posted By: LeahRose
Re: Repetitive strain injury. - 10/20/10 07:41 PM
thank you Gretchen!
Will definitely start taking more care when i play
Posted By: NeilOS
Re: Repetitive strain injury. - 05/29/11 05:53 PM
RSI shouldn't be an issue at the piano if you use your body the way it was designed to be used. And how is that? I'm glad you asked.
Though it's not possible to diagnose your specific problem without looking at you play, here are some things to watch for. Make sure that your hand and arm are a unit, that is, a straight line like a tennis racket, but not rigid like a tennis racket. As long as you are straight with yourself, you can be at any angle with the keyboard. This is important to know so that you don't twist at the wrist in order to avoid the black keys.
Take care not to do anything to an extreme, I.e., stretch your hand too wide, lift your fingers up and away from the hand. (The only reason to come up is so that the finger can go down; make sure that you are not holding your fingers up.)
Finally, and this is a difficult concept to describe (but easy to show and feel), make sure your arm is behind the finger that is playing. This is accomplished through forearm rotation, our most useful and efficient underlying tool. Without forearm rotation, it is not possible to even get the hand on the keys, so you already are doing it. The question is, how are you continuing to move? Ask your teacher about this.
It shouldn't hurt to play the piano. How can we make music if we're enduing something?
Best wishes for a speedy recovery.
Posted By: BadOrange
Re: Repetitive strain injury. - 06/24/11 05:18 AM
no pain no gain!
You have to force thru the pain and it will eventually go away
ya don't do that.