Help me prevent a stress-related piano injury! (Shoulder pain/tingling)
February 15, 2013 3:07 AM Subscribe
YANMD, but: I have been practicing a bit of piano as of late. Maybe too much, as I started again out of the blue, and am working on a song that is relatively difficult for me. i noticed recently that my left shoulder is starting to tingle while playing. At first I thought it was just a one-day thing, but the problem is persisting and seems to be getting worse.
posted by Thanquol180 to health & fitness (7 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
It's a tingling sensation under the shoulder blade that travels a bit down the arm. It doesn't hurt, but it certainly distracts my playing and I want to nip this in the bud before it gets any worse. The last time I had it it went away quickly, but I still feel it as I type this message (but not as bad as when I was playing the piano). My right side is just fine, no uncomfortableness at all. In any case, I am taking a hiatus from piano until I recover.
Even before the tingling began, I would definitely notice tension building in my left hand/arm while practicing. My left hand is not as skilled as my right at the moment, which also may have something to do with it being in just one shoulder. I also think that my bench is too high, as my forearms and wrist are too far up from the keys.
The only other things I can think of that might possibly be related are that I am drinking way too much coffee lately and not exercising enough. But I'm not sure how that would translate into this shoulder-tingling while playing piano.
Also: I am a rather anxious person by nature. I have an unfortunate tendency to get inside my own head and tense up when performing any kind of activity. I also have had bruxism since I was a child. I have been under a lot of stress lately, and I can feel it in my body (especially in my neck and shoulders, but this is the first time I've had tingling). I have been asking my girlfriend for too many massages as of late.
In the meantime: Has anyone had anything like this (tingling, numbness, tension) happen to them while playing the piano before? How did you solve the problem? After I have recovered I would like to ensure that this does not occur again.
Thanks in advance - I rely on the piano as an outlet for stress, so I most definitely do not want my playing to become another reason for it!
PS: I am unemployed at the moment, and have an appointment for reduced pay health insurance but it is not for a few weeks. So please keep the responses to things I might be able to do on my own in the meantime. Once again, I know that YANMD.