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Discussion in 'Ask Justin Meldal-Johnsen' started by Dan Bozek, Aug 1, 2012.

  1. Dan Bozek

    Dan Bozek

    Aug 3, 2011
    Outside Pittsburgh, PA
    Endorsing Artist, D'addario Strings
    You've obviously been playing for a long time with some heavy old basses strapped onto your body. Any experience with chiropractors helping discomfort?

    I always feel the best in general when I'm eating right and staying hydrated and happy, but I definitely have some neck crackles and pops that persist further sometimes. Bad posture sitting in a chair at the studio desk or standing with a 15lb hunk of wood on a strip of nylon webbing around my neck might be contributing!!
  2. chiropracters help! i have problems my fretting hand wrist and i go to a chiropracter that i a limb specialist. my wrist always feels better after getting it adjusted, so does my back and neck.
  3. Rodger Bryan

    Rodger Bryan Supporting Member

    Jun 17, 2006
    For different issues, I've used physical therapy, massage therapy and one practitioner who used a combination of PT/massage/chiropractic. I had good results with all of them and usually recommend PT to help learn proper stretches and to help someone get a handle on body maintenance. This would be my first recommendation.

    Massage therapy is a great idea if you need to loosen up in advance of a demanding performance schedule. (Sports/deep tissue- not the relaxation, incense burning, new-age kind) My wife (violinist) will use chiropractic on occasion to relieve pain after a grueling week in rehearsals or a pit orchestra. Personally, I don't like having my neck "cracked", but that's not all that happens with chiropractic.

    I hope you get some relief soon!
  4. jmjbassplayer

    jmjbassplayer Justin Meldal-Johnsen

    Mar 25, 2005
    I need chiro now and again. I used to have bad carpal tunnel and I am not exaggerating when I say that chiro fixed it.

    However - I do feel nothing beats proper exercise and stretching. My goal is to one day only do that for the most part.
  5. ShoeManiac

    ShoeManiac Supporting Member

    Jan 19, 2006
    New Jersey
    I've been talking with my chiropractor a good deal about the physical stress of playing. And treatment has definitely helped me a great deal in my daily life as well as with playing. My posture is better and I'm not in pain after playing. My Doc and I have even talked about me bringing in my bass so that he could observe the physical stress that it places on my body.

    And like others have said, stretching and exercise are a big part of working towards a strong core and spine. I only started treatment about 3 months ago, and the difference for me has been remarkable. Having learned a little bit about chiropractic in that time, all I can say is this: life is too short to live (or play music) in pain.
  6. Dan Bozek

    Dan Bozek

    Aug 3, 2011
    Outside Pittsburgh, PA
    Endorsing Artist, D'addario Strings
    Thanks for all the posts, guys. I'm a young guy, but I've been playing a lot since I was pretty young. Definitely interested in undoing some of the bad habits and fixing what I've done to myself here in my thirties to move forward melting faces well into my nineties!! :^P

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