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Who to See

Most aches and pains will go away after a short time, whenever the stress is removed. If, however, the stress is repeated over and over again, then more long-term problems can occur. The first step is always to try and see whether you can reduce the problem yourself, and this website has some handy tips. If you think you need some extra help, then there are a variety of health professionals who can guide you.

Physiotherapists, chiropractors and osteopaths, along with certain trained individuals such as Alexander technique, yoga and Pilates experts, all have the ability to address muscle issues such as pain, shortening, weakness, trigger points etc. and alignment issues such as posture correction. They do this in different ways, and some may suit you better than others. Massage therapists can help with muscle pains and trigger points. When you make an appointment, see if the person has treated a musician before. If the health professional has an understanding of the lifestyle and pressures associated with being a musician, they are likely to be particularly helpful. Doctors and pharmacists can also play a role. Pharmacists can recommend suitable medication, and topical gels and creams that can be massaged into the painful area. Doctors can prescribe medications and can refer you to specialists as they deem necessary.