Exercises to Prevent RSI in the Musician, by Dr. Jameson
The musician is an athlete. Yes. You heard that right. If you are a musician, then your playing is an athletic event. Think of the hundreds if not thousands of repetitive motions you make in a single gig, practice session, or church worship service. The health and strength of your muscular systems will have a direct impact on how well you avoid injury. If you are not training the muscles of your back, neck, shoulders, arms, wrists and hands, as well as the core muscles, and lower extremity muscles particularly in drummers, then you are an injury waiting to happen.
Going over all the needed exercises to strengthen your body would be too much for this short article. You can find much more information in my book "Reach For the Top" which has chapters on stretching and exercise for the musician. But in this article, I want to present the premise that you must be prepared to take on the tasks at hand. You must build strength. You must develop a strong core. You must build endurance. And finally you must build cardio strength and aerobic conditioning.
One really cool method of strengthening the fingers has been found in a exercise tool called Fingerweights, which you'll read about below. Now I don't receive any benefit from talking about them, but I do believe they are excellent for musicians to strengthen the hands and forearms. Check them out and give them a try.
A revolutionary exercise system for musicians and computer users maintaining and regaining finger strength through the Fingerweights® system
Used by Professional and Amateur musicians, Finger Weights increase speed, dexterity, endurance, and control for all players – all instruments. Designed specifically for musicians, the slip-on model fits comfortably on any size finger and is worn during practice and pre-performance warm-up. FingerWeights target the extensor and flexor muscles, the tiny muscles that open and close the fingers. The extensors (speed muscles) determine how quickly the musician can move from one key or string to the next. The flexors close the fingers and are essential for purity of tone.
The Musician is a unique form of athlete. Whether driven by string or wind, FingerWeights are guaranteed to improve your playing.
30 Stainless Steel Weight Rods @ 10 grams each
10 FingerWeight Musician Rings
Leatherette Draw-String Storage Pouch
Comprehensive Exercise Program
For more information, go to https://fingerweights.com/musicians/