First of all, scoliosis is simply defined as an abnormal lateral (side-to-side) curvature of the spine. Doctors aren’t in agreement about whether the muscles and soft tissue cause the curvature by pulling the spine out of alignment, or whether it’s the spine itself that initiates the problem.
(Of course, unlike Alexander Technique specialists, medical practitioners don’t usually consider the possibility that the real source of the problem may go deeper than the physical musculoskeletal system.)
Actually, scoliosis is more common than most people think, and it often doesn’t cause any problems at all. In fact, lots of people have a mild scoliosis and never even find out because they don’t have any pain.
Unfortunately, a lot of violinists and violists DO have pain related to some degree of scoliosis of the spine. Problems can show up as back, neck, shoulder, or other pain.
Does violin/viola playing actually CAUSE scoliosis?
So, when there is a repetitive asymmetrical movement that pulls us off balance, especially when we’re young and bones are still growing, the shape of the spine and surrounding musculature can certainly be influenced and trained into a more pronounced curvature than normal, and that can contribute to discomfort.
This is why it’s CRITICAL to learn how to place, hold, and play your instrument with as little interference with our natural shape and movement as possible.
And it doesn’t matter WHAT age you are or how long you’ve been playing your instrument – it’s always possible to undo tension habits and prevent unnecessary stress on your system.
It just takes a little bit of knowledge and skill!
I’ll be sharing exactly what you need to know to help yourself prevent, manage, and ease abnormal curvature in your spine** related to playing your instrument in my upcoming masterclass:
~ For professionals AND beginners ~
Replay recording WILL be available
for those who cannot attend live
Hurry – registration closes Friday!
I know you’ll get so much out of this introduction to the Alexander Technique for violinists/violists, focusing on a very unique, holistic view of posture and setup. I hope you can make it!
Let me know if you have any questions or concerns – I’m here to help.
**Disclaimer: Please note that Alexander Technique teachers are NOT trained to offer medical diagnoses or treatment plans. The information in this masterclass is offered as a practical, holistic, informational viewpoint only. It is NOT intended to replace any information or treatment offered by a medical professional. Please make sure to consult a medical professional for diagnosis and treatment of scoliosis.