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Sore neck

GimmeGibson

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May 27, 2021
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Yes, sore neck.
So I am 59, not exactly a model of physical fitness…more of a poster boy for couch potatoes.
I have returned to my musical ways after years of not playing and I find myself getting a sore neck, the degree of which is directly proportional to hours spent playing the previous day. And as I’m on vacation at home right now that’s a lot of hours some days. The neck is really sore this morning and actually becoming a headache.

I am sure it’s from looking down at my guitar as I play, and down at the pedal board at times. I don’t think it’s the Les Paul hanging on my shoulder as I mostly sit on a stool, although it may be a bit of the standing. LP’s aren’t known for being lightweight.

My question is, has anyone else experienced the same thing and what did you do for it?
 

gakees

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May 11, 2004
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Assuming your pain is severe like I've experienced, what cured the problem was ice and a TENS unit. I bought my TENS off of Amazon for around $35 or so and it was the best $35 I've ever spent in my life. Good luck and I hope you get to feeling better soon.
 

GimmeGibson

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May 27, 2021
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Thanks. Better today as I forced myself to avoid any guitars at all yesterday. I just have to stay away from 6 hour sessions I think. Everything in moderation, as they say.
 

mdubya

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Mar 31, 2010
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Since my mid-40's, I have had to pay careful attention to my guitar height and making sure my picking hand is not too high, which creates tension and severe pain in my neck and which runs down my arm in the form of extreme burning sensation.

The good news is, I can manage it and still play. It just takes paying attention to my position.

Never mind that my prodigious wah-wah playing was ruined in my late 20s, early 30s by lower back problems resulting in a floppy foot on my good wah foot.
 
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