Occupation series 4: Musicians

Posted on August 29th, 2014 by Shari´ Parks

Music makes the world go ’round, in my opinion. It can take you to another place in a flash. For musicians they have the pleasure of bringing joy into our hearts and souls. With that comes quite a few areas of muscular discomfort for them. Like any occupation, they too experience muscle tightness and stiffness from repetitive movement. The area inflicted by pain can vary depending on the instrument they play; however the area I hear the most about are the shoulders and forearms.

The forearm muscles also known as the antebrachial muscles consist of complex array of muscles. Because of the location of these muscles they share common actions of the wrist and fingers. Some actions these muscles are involved in are pronation, flexion of wrist, flexion of the fingers and stabilizes the upper arm movement.

There are many layers of muscles in the forearms, therefore the area is massaged as a group instead of individual muscles. Exceptions are made to this approach based on the muscular discomfort and the expertise of the massage therapist.

Lead guitarist of Harless Brother’s Band at The Slippery Noodle Blues Bar in Indianapolis, IN

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