Violin-related Neck and Back Pain

Many injuries I see amongst the novice  to intermediate violinist are quite easily preventable. Watch this video for a few practical tips to include when you are next playing your violin. Many of these principles apply to the high performing violinist as well as other instrumentalists too!

There are SO many things to think about when playing, and these are just a few to prevent neck and back pain when playing violin.

Here are a few things to think about:

  • Equal weight through both legs
  • A neutral, elongated spine
  • Knees unlocked
  • Head on top of shoulders
  • Shoulders on top of hips

Happy playing!

Musician, Athlete, or Both? Intro

Vanessa Mae, violinist and skier. Photo from


These are all words you might associate with an elite athlete, but do they apply to musicians?

British violinist, Vanessa Mae, will be competing in the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi this year, representing her father’s native country, Thailand. Though quite a contrast in disciplines, I am not surprised that she was able to qualify under FIS standards, as she is probably quite experienced in practicing and perfecting  her skills to perform to a certain standard.

I often like to compare musicians to being like athletes.  They push their body for hours at a time to  practice and perfect their skills so that they can perform better. However, the resources for high-performing musicians are limited. Whilst elite athletes have access to doctors, physiologists, sport psychologists, dieticians, sleep consultants, in addition to their variety of technique coaches, musicians do not often have  the same access to resources that enhance their performance.

The goal of this website is to educate the high-performing athletic musician and performing artist in order to enhance their performance. With my background in physiotherapy, the majority of posts will come from a musculoskeletal perspective. However, don’t be surprised  at the global health and wellness topics I hope to address in the near future.