How to play instruments without back pain

Anyone who plays an instrument likely knows all too well the pain associated with long hours of practicing and performing. Even the most seasoned musicians experience these kinds of issues now and then.

In fact, virtuoso rock guitarist Eric Clapton recently revealed certain health issues that are currently preventing him from playing his instrument as much as he wants to. His problems began with back pain, as The Washington Post reported, and turned into tingly or electric feelings in his nerves.

Unfortunately, back pain isn't all that uncommon among musicians. Here are some tips to help you play pain-free so you can better enjoy your art:

Playing piano
Sitting for a long time on that hard bench is especially difficult if you suffer from back pain. If you need to take some time to practice your scales and arpeggios or perfect a concerto, stretch before and during your playing so the bench doesn't aggravate your discomfort.

Posture is as essential to preventing back pain as it is to playing proper piano. Make sure you're sitting upright in front of the ivories while staying relaxed to avoid tension in your back.

Playing guitar
A lot of guitarists play with their heads hung low, whether to better see the fret board and their fingers or because they are so deep in concentration. This can cause tension in your neck, which can worsen any pain in your back. Whether you're sitting or standing to play, make sure you're keeping your spine aligned and avoiding hanging your neck as much as possible. You should also thoroughly stretch before you start strumming. 

Playing other instruments
Musicians can encounter back pain if their chairs and music stands aren't adjusted according to their height. Make sure you're creating a comfortable environment before every performance and rehearsal to play pain-free. 

If you're suffering from back pain while playing an instrument, schedule an appointment with a professional chiropractor today.