Neck muscle function in violinists/violists with and without neck pain

Steinmetz, Anke, Claus, Andrew, Hodges, Paul W. and Jull, Gwendolen A. (2015) Neck muscle function in violinists/violists with and without neck pain. Clinical Rheumatology, 35 4: 1045-1051. doi:10.1007/s10067-015-3000-4

Author Steinmetz, Anke
Claus, Andrew
Hodges, Paul W.
Jull, Gwendolen A.
Title Neck muscle function in violinists/violists with and without neck pain
Journal name Clinical Rheumatology   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0770-3198
Publication date 2015
Year available 2015
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1007/s10067-015-3000-4
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
Volume 35
Issue 4
Start page 1045
End page 1051
Total pages 7
Place of publication London, United Kingdom
Publisher Springer UK
Collection year 2016
Language eng
Abstract Neck pain is associated with changes in neuromuscular control of cervical muscles. Violin and viola playing requires good function of the flexor muscles to stabilize the instrument. This study investigated the flexor muscle behaviour in violin/viola players with and without neck pain using the craniocervical flexion test (CCFT). In total, 12 violin/viola players with neck pain, 21 violin/viola players without neck pain in the preceding 12 weeks and 21 pain-free non-musicians were included. Activity of the sternocleidomastoid muscles (SCM) was measured with surface electromyography (EMG) during the CCFT. Violin/viola players with neck pain displayed greater normalised SCM EMG amplitudes during CCFT than the pain-free musicians and non-musicians (P < 0.05). Playing-related neck pain in violinists/violists is associated with altered behaviour of the superficial neck flexor muscles consistent with neck pain, despite the specific use of the deep and superficial neck flexors during violin playing.
Keyword Electromyography
Muscle activity
Neck pain
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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Sub-type: Article (original research)
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