My right shoulder hurts - what can I do?

Discussion in 'Off Topic [BG]' started by mrWr0ng, Nov 19, 2005.

  1. I'm not sure if this goes in technique or not, but if it does, please feel free to move it, I won't take it personally :)

    Lately my right shoulder has been killing me. I don't do heavy lifting or anything funky like that, but it's just starting to hurt. I think it's coming from my bass playing.

    Mostly I play sitting down, with my bass sitting in my lap. It doesn't feel uncomfortable at all for me and the bass is at a nice, even height. But could I be doing some damage to it?

    Here is an image of my position while playing:

    A friend of mine is doing massage therapy training so I was thinking of asking him to try working on it, but I don't want to put myself back in the same position a few months down the road.

    Typically, I play about an hour a day, sometimes two, though I've been known to have three or four hour spurts, or sometimes three or four one-hour sessions throughout the course of a day.
  2. Figjam


    Aug 5, 2003
    Boston, MA
    It loosk like the bass is too much to your right. Move the body in front of you, and have the neck perpendicular to your body,not shooting off at an angle.
  3. Do you mean I should rest it with the curve on my left leg instead of my right?

    I will try to keep it more perpendicular, but right now it's resting on my right leg which seems to be the most natural position, but I can definitely try moving it around.
  4. Figjam


    Aug 5, 2003
    Boston, MA
    No, left leg would be weird.

    Just angle is differently.
  5. Munjibunga

    Munjibunga Retired Member

    May 6, 2000
    San Diego (when not at Groom Lake)
    Independent Contractor to Bass San Diego
    Yeah, it looks like your shoulder is pushed back. If you bring the bass around front a little more, it may relieve some strain.
  6. pkr2


    Apr 28, 2000
    coastal N.C.
    It looks like the bass is so far to the right because that chair back is forcing your left arm to lay too close to your body.

    I hope that's not the chair that you practice in. If you have to sit while you practice, at least do it in a straight back chair without arms.
  7. Yeah that's my practice chair :(

    Sounds like that's the problem then! That's good because I'm moving in 2 weeks and won't be forced to sit in the chair anymore.

    Thank you
  8. You should know by now that SA is the proper place for all medical questions.
  9. stand up while practicing, problem solved!!!
  10. of course it is :smug:

    if i was bleeding or something of course I wouldn't bother witht he internet, but in most cases it never hurts to ask

    besides, it's a musical injury and i asked in the musician's forum. not like i posted in GBS or FYAD
  11. I get some shoulder pains from playing too - my chiropractor helps with that alot. A change in position would be best, I suppose, but if that interferes with your playing too much, check out a chiropractor.
  12. lamborghini98

    lamborghini98 The Aristocrats

    May 1, 2005
    NYC; Portland, OR
    +1 on it being the chair. Looks like a bad practice chair, to me. Youll need something with no arms and a longer back.
    Also.. you might want to try just relaxing all of your muscles and then letting your bass settle into the best spot.