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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000908.txt from 1998/03

From: "David B. Niethamer" <>
Subj: Re: NeckStraps
Date: Sat, 14 Mar 1998 23:20:32 -0500

I had a physical therapist dissuade me from using a neck strap for the
reason that it transfers the weight of the instrument on to the
neck/shoulder muscles. This is evidently potentially as troubling as
arm/hand muscle problems. I had a long standing right arm problem solved
by this therapist with 1.) posture adjustment/improvement (including a
good chair), 2.) hand and arm strengthening exercises, and 3.) a
stretching routine before playing. Oh yes, 4.) icing down after strenuous

Dr. Borchert mentioned using the strap when playing standing. I find that
playing standing improves my posture in general, and relieves the
problems with my right arm.

"Tradition" is not a reason to avoid the neck strap, any more than
majority use is a reason to use it. You have to do what works for you.


David Niethamer
Principal Clarinet, Richmond Symphony

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