Our hands are among the most ingenious conceptions. They are complex, paradoxical mechanisms of precision and delicacy, brute force and surliness, creation and destruction. The intricate design in our joints that creates the capacity to make things happen is extremely fragile. With one wrong movement, Beethoven could’ve easily been on a road to joint pain. Pianists such as he are subject to a variety of injury that could just as easily incapacitate the next Bach, so if you’re among the talented elite with magic fingers, here are some suggestions for avoiding damaging the hands of a virtuoso, as well as some common injuries and the convalescent methods of recovery.
Shy Away from Over Stressing the Joints
They say that money is the root of all evil, but they’re just a bit off: it is, in fact, stress. The leading cause of injury comes from the exhaustion of the joints in our hands. What may seem like a generally acceptable method of playing the piano is actually just a repetition of an inevitably harmful technique that will ultimately lead to regrettable and preventable trauma. Imagine playing the same rhythm and technique countless times; the overuse of joints is virtually predestined.
Keep a Comfortable Posture and Position
Awkward positioning generally initiates the unnecessary stress of joints that inevitably lead to injury. Your joints, tendons and muscles not being positioned in the way that they can achieve maximum mechanical potential may result in a loss of grip strength, and often lead to painful outcomes. The mid-range position, with the wrist directly in line with the arm, provides a comfortable position to protect your magical fingers.
Injury is Curable
If you are, in fact, among the many that suffered from piano injury, help is within reach. The human body has the most remarkable capability of healing, and although tendons are at the bottom of our immune system’s list of priorities, even they recover with due process and proper care. With enough rest, physical therapy, and anti-inflammatories, there is little that proper treatment cannot heal. However, despite this positive news, the victory is short lived, as when you return to the activities that allowed the fallacy to occur in the first place, the injury returns as well. Be sure to heed preventative strategies that protect your body, and allow you to continue a creative outlet that inspires both yourself and the world around you.
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