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The cumulative affect of constant strains exerted upon the body from playing a musical instrument can lead to wear and tear. It is quite common for musicians to develop spinal problems as a result of this strain. Abnormal tugging upon the spinal bones (vertebrae) due to overworked and tired muscles may lead to spinal misalignments (subluxations), nerve pressure, increased tendency towards muscle spasm and loss of the normal range of motion in the joints.

If you've been a musician long enough, chances are your muscles and joints are yelling for attention. When was the last time you played your musical instrument without an ache or pain? When was the last time you played without neck strain? Or back strain? Or forearm strain? If the answer to these is "it's been a long time" or "I just play through the pain" then consider chiropractic care as the way to get you feeling great again!

Chiropractic health care incorporates hands-on or instrument-assisted adjustments (realignments) of the spinal and extremity joints to restore neurological balance within your body. The adjustments allow the natural flow of energy from the brain cell to the tissue cell via the nervous system to go unimpeded. This restores health and well-being to the body. Your doctor of chiropractic will first consult with you regarding current health problems as well as your past medical history. As a primary health care provider, a chiropractor is concerned about your entire body's health, so it is important to cover your entire medical history. Chiropractors look at the whole body via the workings of the nervous system. You might say that chiropractors are nervous system doctors, not "back doctors."

A chiropractor evaluates your spinal health to determine if there are subluxations (spinal misalignments) present that may be leading to ill-health or disease states. This can be determined through various measures, through instrumentation such as computerized surface EMG and thermography studies, and through spinal and extremity palpation (feeling the structures via hands-on contact). Most chiropractors use a combination of these two approaches. Also, most chiropractors will take an x-ray of the spinal region that is subluxated to help rule out pathologies and to help determine spinal health and postural distortions.

Spinal adjustments restore joint mobility, reduce muscle tension, restore, nerve function to organs, tissues, glands, improve brain function and mental clarity, and provides an overall sense of well-being. Consider seeking chiropractic care today!

For a chiropractic referral in your area, view the Chiropractic Performing Arts Network page.


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