A DVD presenting a range of exercises for the neck, shoulders and arms is a useful tool in helping to prevent musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) in performing musicians, according to a recent study.
The research participants reported that the DVD benefited muscle strengthening, ease of movement and improved flexibility when playing instruments. It was rated “better” or “much better” than face-to-face exercise classes because of its convenience and detailed demonstrations of exercises.
Chan C et al (2013). “Exercise DVD effect on musculoskeletal disorders in professional orchestral musicians”. Occupational Medicine, first published online 9 November 2013.