Hi, and thanks for this forum.
I'll make this quick, because sitting at the computer is the main problem I'm having right now.
Every 2-3 years I strain a muscle in my lower back. I'm an in-shape 57 year old who exercises 6 days a week. I do crunches and supermans for core strengthening.
On May 1 I was in a bike crash during a century ride. Two days later, I bent and twisted and picked up a 10 pound weight and strained my back again.
My problem is that I'm a semi-pro jazz piano player and need to practice. My back is usually OK, but with this extra injury, the practicing makes things worse.
I have a special chair that supports my lumbar region, but even if I sit just right with that support, or even if I sit on the front edge so that my back is nice and straight, I can't play for long without problems.
I decided to take four days off from piano, but I really need to get back to it. I know all the standard advice backwards and forwards, and I'm going on long walks and doing gentle stretches.
Any advice that will get me back to the piano faster?
So much for keeping it quick.