Is playing the violin causing pain and discomfort?

According to research as many as 4 in every 5 working musicians will experience pain severe enough to interfere with their music making. If performance related muscle-skeletal injury is holding you back from reaching your true potential, I may be able to help you learn the tools for movement mastery.

Are being time poor and keeping your pain a secret to keep your ‘gig’ helping you filter out the pain and risk serious injury?


There is plenty of great advice about how you should improve your string playing posture, but how do you know if you’re doing what you think you’re doing?

Depending upon the piece you are playing, a string players motion of the bow crossing the strings can be short and rapid movement, or long and exaggerated. Many violinists are at risk of developing issues with muscle and nerve discomfort in either their bowing hand or violin cradling shoulder.

This can be due to the fact that the movements and positions that are necessary for supporting a string instrument are not naturally ergonomic for the body. An example of stress that is placed on musicians’ bodies is illustrated by a violinist playing one of Handel’s Messiah movements; the violinist bows 740 times in 2 minutes. Below are some of the more common conditions that afflict violinists.

The advice for avoiding injury and pain patterns is seemingly intelligent and rational. Except that ‘standing up straight’ and ‘holding your head up high’ are actually undefinable if we don’t know what they refer to.

With Rediscover Ease pain solutions for musicians you’ll get:

  • The practical tools to makes sense and resolve specific mechanical and ergonomic challenges
  • The practical tools to improve your balance and posture in a dynamic way
  • The practical tools to keep evolving your musicianship in a completely pain free way


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There is no use just ‘fixing’ your posture into something that can’t have mobility and dynamism

You have spend your entire life perfecting your art and you need to avoid jeopardising your career with the risk of debilitating injury and pain patterns.

Some of the more common conditions that are common causes of pain and injury in string players are:

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    Spinal conditions

    The neck and shoulder pain that is caused by excessive tension, can lead to spinal conditions. This is often due to inadequate or improperly fitted chin and shoulder rests and lack of proper movement and body awareness. An excessively high elbow on the bowing arm will lead to a predisposition toward right shoulder problems, as the tendons in the right shoulder get impinged between the arm bone and the shoulder bone. This is also true of the cervical (neck) spine. The unsupported and tilted position of the neck leads to excessive force being borne by the spine. Chronic strain and spine impingement can be the results. Read more about how movement mastery can help musicians.

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    Carpal tunnel syndrome

    Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is brought on when the median nerve in the wrist is under perpetual pressure. This can result in a tingling sensation or numbness in the fingers. Similarly, there are more than 100 different conditions that are classified as CTS and can have a debilitating effect on an orchestral string player’s wellbeing and livelihood. Read more about CTS conditions.

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    Chronic overuse syndrom

    The bowing arm and the fretting hand are both susceptible to developing overuse injuries. Bowing hand injuries usually manifest from pushing too firmly on the strings. Even pressing down 20-30% harder than necessary on the strings may result in an overuse injury. In fact, tendinitis in the left forearm, especially the extensor muscles (the back of the forearm) is the most common injury. Read more about chronic overuse syndrome in musicians.

Rediscover ease can help you avoid or recover from patterns of pain and movement compensation.

Movement mastery highlights 3 fundamental. These 3 essentials can help you improve your overall movement skills level because they drive to the core of intelligent movement behaviour.

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    Timing

    Intelligent and effortless movement and support in your body is a moment by moment affair. Movement mastery gives you the tools to improve how to expand your attention a in timely way; both in your mental and physical behaviour.

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    Directional support

    Ever wonder why the general advice on posture and body mechanics are either too complicated or too simplistic? With the movement mastery approach, you gain the tools of reasoning in a relational way about the what and how of posture, movement and body awareness. It’s the direction or your practice that leads to improvements, and not just mindless repetition.

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    Perceptual clarity

    The most practical part of learning movement mastery is the emphasis on tangible ways to actually perceive what you are doing in relation to what you think you are doing. The distinction is vast, essential, and leads to freeing up your movement and your artist expressiveness.

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Your body shouldn’t become a mystery to you, but when pain sets in this can become an unwelcome reality

Like music itself, the living human body is a complex system. When pain and discomfort starts to drive our attention, patterns of compensation take over. Getting to know the real possibilities of your body is a process much like learning to play music.

With Rediscover Ease pain solutions for musicians you’ll get:

  • Movement awareness that is simple to put into practice
  • Movement awareness that untangles muscle compensation patterns
  • Movement awareness that gives you all the tools you need to teach yourself

I want to find out first hand what movement mastery can do for me!
With Rediscover Ease movement mastery you learn to improve posture, Experts agree that all 3 need attention to recover from injury.