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Which shoulder are you having problems with? If it is the left shoulder you may be lifting it. It is very important to relax that shoulder and avoid lifting as much as possible.
Actually, it's my right shoulder. I sit a lot in front of the computer also, so that might be a part of the problem. Any good advice to give me about the right one?
Actually, I'm bothered by something else that is a lot worse. Tinnitus. My ears ring, sometimes
so much it's actually hard to fall asleep. I have to force myself to think about something else, but it eats up my energy. Does anyone know what might help?
Someone said that it might be related to a uneven filling in the mouth. Anyone heard anything like that?
I've tried earplugs but then the ringing gets worse
It's an evil circle, where I guess my tinnitus escalates being subjected to loud music.
Well, I think I will try to find a good dentist that can check and see if my fillings might
cause tension, leading to tinnitus. Come to think of it, about 6 months after I had a filling
done, my tinnitus started up. So it might very well have something to do with it.
If anyone else might have any suggestion in what to do, please let me know
My grandfather had ringing of the ears, untill he was told to put a few drops of grape seed oil in his affected ears beforegoing to sleep. He said he did it for a while and never had a problem with the ringing again.
As for the shoulders hurting, I totally agree with fiddlerman. Shrugging is the number one cause of shoulder and back pain. Also ensure that you stand perfectly straight (a given I know,but hard to make a habit of) with your shoulders back and chest up. This is the advise of my former teacher, who actually studied how playing the violin can affect ones health.
Thanks Bondlutherie! I'll definitely try the grape seed oil. I assume it is the same thing as grapefruit seed extract? I've heard a lot about the extract, that it's helping people with all kinds of problems. Do you know where I can buy it?
And yes, I should play standing up. I sit too much....
Here is a device just made for seated violinists. ( Do not get too energetic or you might knock the beer over.)
My wife has one of these. Does works. My playing has greatly improved ( but that was inevitable).
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