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Chest pain from playing to much o-o

TheDophine

Joined: Jun 18 2009

lol, hopefully I'm not the only one to experiencing this.. But, lately I've noticed that my chest has been hurting from playing the guitar extensively (in classical position where the top of the guitar curve touches the upper chest).

At first it wasn't much of a big deal, but since this Monday it's progressively getting worse and is actually become a all-day ache on that spot of my chest. It hurts a bit when I move my chest or when I touch the spot, and it just doesn't let up at any point in the day.

Was wondering if anyone else has had this problem, lol and maybe some ideas as to how I can help ease this little dilemma. (I've tried playing without the guitar touching my chest but it makes playing a little to awkward.)

well ive never had that

fatalfable

Location: New York, New York City

Joined: May 13 2009

well ive never had that happen to me as i started playing electric so my position is always having my guitar on right leg. But from what you have said it looks like your playing incredibly tense. So if your chest is hurting right now try not to play in that position or to touch that area much and it will go away in a matter of days. Try to relax more when playing so this has a less chance of happening. Hope it helped.

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Pain from playing to much.

Brave Toaster

Joined: Nov 08 2009

Pain from playing to much. Oh, god, why our bodies can't handle it? ;_;
I'm pretty much sure that it isn't a big deal. If the pain doesn't go away with rest, tough, you should see a doctor soon. It would be pretty bad if it becomes serious. You wouldn't be able to play!

I also play in the classical position, but I have never had chest pain. I guess it's just the way I hold it. Little differences can be serious business. On the other side, depending on where I sit, I often have strong tiring-pain on the right-back. It's very annoying. But it never became constant; always left with rest.

Wear a padded vest? ^-^;

auriplane

Joined: Sep 06 2008

Wear a padded vest? ^-^;

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You shouldn't really have

Kabukibear

Happy Strumming!

Location: Palm Beach Gardens, Florida

Joined: Mar 22 2007

You shouldn't really have pain in your chest if you're sitting properly. I get it sometimes when I'm being lazy and slouching over the guitar a bit but if you're sitting properly your back needs to be straight up and down. Your chest shouldn't be leaning on the guitar, the guitar should be lightly leaning on your chest. Also, if you're gripping the guitar body too hard with your right arm or pulling it too close with your left hand you might be squeezing the guitar into you which you should avoid. Try to use the least amount of pressure you need to to keep the guitar stable. The more pressure you use the more tension you'll get in your arms and this will affect your playing.

tl;dr
Sit up straight and relax.

Thanks for the advice

TheDophine

Joined: Jun 18 2009

Thanks for the advice everyone, it all helped quite a bit. I generally play in good posture, but like kabukibear mentioned, I'm thinking my right/left arm actually are pushing the guitar to hard on my chest. Definitely need to ease up there along with my slouching (Usually when I'm reaching for the mouse/navigate through tabs).

lol I don't think its to serious, but it doesn't seem to let up even after sleeping. so a checkup at the office and a padded vest would probably be a good investment.

I think there's a new auto

soundsandstuff

Joined: Sep 27 2009

I think there's a new auto scroll feature for the tabs here so you can keep playing while the tab moves down by itself x)

lol a little late, but I

TheDophine

Joined: Jun 18 2009

lol a little late, but I recently went to the doctor and it seems I have some arthritis o-o.. Guess it wasn't the guitar ahaha.. >>

Re: lol a little late, but I

archard

Joined: Jan 11 2007

TheDophine said

lol a little late, but I recently went to the doctor and it seems I have some arthritis o-o.. Guess it wasn't the guitar ahaha.. >>

Arthritis in the chest?

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DANG

Chestritis.

auriplane

Joined: Sep 06 2008

Chestritis.

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Auriplane!!

hmm, from what I understand..

TheDophine

Joined: Jun 18 2009

hmm, from what I understand.. its something to do with the joints in between the collar bone or something of that sort. Not to knowledgeable on the subject, but he has me taking this "arthrotec" medication. lol it helps tho.. just hope its not just a temporary solution (It feels like a pain killer for my chest).

No one with a monkey icon as

auriplane

Joined: Sep 06 2008

No one with a monkey icon as happy as yours should have chestritis. :(

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Auriplane!!

good ol pain killers...gota

Vic9mm

The Fingerstyle Mechanic

Location: Dallas Texas

Joined: Aug 27 2008

good ol pain killers...gota love um

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Christina

Joined: Jan 24 2010

if your chest is hurting right now try not to play in that position or to touch that area much and it will go away in a matter of days. Try to relax more when playing so this has a less chance of happening. Hope it helped. (edit: ad removed)