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Fun & Helpful Articles Written by Dr. Ambrose and Fremont Acupuncture Colleagues
Playing an instrument takes a lot of skill and coordination. A certain posture is needed and select muscles are used. For those who play music often, this constant motion can lead to Repetitive Strain Injury (RSI).
The muscles often used to play an instrument can constrict the blood flow and the nerve bundles in the arms, decreasing finger strength. Joints can become inflamed and painful.
In fact, RSI can happen with any job where the same movements are made continuously. Desk jobs are a perfect example. Having to sit and work on a computer all day can definitely create stress within certain joints in the arms, neck, back, and legs.
Cortisone shots and other pain killer medications only mask the problem. It would be best to treat the problem at it's source, by releasing tense muscles and opening the passage ways of the arteries, veins, and nerves.
However, recently he has been receiving treatments from me, at Fremont Acupuncture, and his condition has been improving. In one session his shoulder pain of 15 years resolved and in 2 sessions his finger strength has increased. He's been using finger playing techniques which he thought he could no longer do!
He is an example of an Unstoppable Musician, which is Fremont Acupuncture's specialty.
Being a musician myself, I understand the heart ache one feels when the body goes into pain and says, "STOP! You can't play music anymore! There's something wrong!"
When that happens, it's best to make an appointment to get fixed as quickly as possible, so you can get back to doing the things you love and creating the melodies and art which give society and life color and culture.
Wishing You Optimal Wellness!!!
About The Authors
Dr. Reyna Ambrose L.Ac, has always had an interest in natural healing and has studied various forms of alternative medicine for over ten years. She holds a Doctorate degree in Traditional Chinese Medicine and she continues to study every day. She is dedicated to facilitating patients rediscover their health potential.