Well, I used to play a curve-back Heartland harp but recently switched to a Livia, with a rounded back. I’ve also learned more about ergonomics lately.
A recurring issue: upper-middle back ache. When I play, I get this ache, and it is pretty unpleasant. I love playing my harp but it makes it feel like a bit of a burden when this pain comes.
According to what I’ve read, it seems to me that I am sitting properly, or at least trying to keep thinking of it and doing it right.
I wonder if the pain is due to a medical condition I have. It’s called diastasis recti, in which the abdominus rectus muscles are separated and weak. I’m trying to do exercises to correct it, but I’m still a long way away from the problem being repaired.
Is it possible that the upper-mid back muscles are carrying some of what the abdominal muscles should be, and thus are overstrained?
Thanks in advance for any insight-I could really use it!