by Joe Wallace
When I was much more active as a music journalist, I interviewed Cheap Trick drummer Bun E. Carlos about carpal tunnel syndrome issues for musicians. Carlos has never had a day’s problem with carpal tunnel, which shocked me since he’s been drumming since the 60s.
“What’s your secret?” I asked, and the reply was so simple I didn’t believe it at first–I kept waiting for him to add something to his reply. But at least in his case, the secret is simply to change up the height and arrangement of the drum kit often to avoid using the same muscles over and over again over an extended period of time.
How does this apply to freelancers?
I don’t work at the same desk with my Macbook for very long. At least three times a day I switch to another room, a different height surface and a different angle. I use the couch, the kitchen, my home office, the local coffee shop, all of them with different ways to sit and type. It’s something that has served me well…if you’re experiencing pain from too many hours of typing and mousing (is that actually a word?) consider the Bun E. Carlos trick…it could save your muscles a lot of future aches.