spats71 wrote:sometimes with a sharp pain in my thigh and also pins and needles in my left foot
Erik Zurcher wrote:Hi Phil, see a doctor or physiotherapist. We guitarists are unable to diagnose your complaints, nor would I encourage members to give free 'medical' advice. I am sure that other members have or have had similar complaints, but the cause can be totally different. I hope that you will keep us informed about the diagnose and therapy of your GP or Physio.
KevinCollins wrote:spats71 wrote:sometimes with a sharp pain in my thigh and also pins and needles in my left foot
I thought those were called "Needles and Pins".
Seriously, first of all don't hurt yourself by trying to stand up while your foot is asleep. It is easy to twist that ankle when you can't feel anything. Wake it up by stamping, that's the needles and pins, or whatever.
When you walk around Julliard, you notice that all the piano studios have slant benches, which is my first choice for seating. Sitting is actually one of the hardest things you can do to your body, and the source is counter-intuitive, so I suggest finding out more about stretching/yoga exercises for sitting.
I also recommend looking into Jerald Harscher's Body Mapping work. Often what we think we are doing is very different from how the body really works. I took his workshop, twice.
I made a little slant seat to go on my chair, something like this:
But, whatever you do, talk to a physical therapist, or somebody who deals with this stuff. What Erik said.
dogonjon wrote:Shouldn't this go in the Posture and ergonomics discussion?
spats71 wrote:Hi everyone
When I practice after approximately 20/30 minutes I often find my left leg feels awkward, sometimes with a sharp pain in my thigh and also pins and needles in my left foot.
I have been playing for years although have only recently began practicing daily and am enjying this immensely.
However this problem is limiting my practice as obviously it becomes to uncomfortable to play.
I am of average height (5ft 10) and use a footstool at the middle setting so my left leg is neither to high or too low.
Any ideas gratefully received!
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