Playing Well with Dr. Kertz — Posture Review for 2021

It’s the start of a new year, and Dr. Kertz reminds you this month of the basics of good posture habits to help prevent potential injuries and problems caused by tension from things like hunching over the laptop, holding the cell phone too often, or holding your instrument incorrectly.

Dr. Kertz’s monthly column addresses how musicians can avoid injury, how they can identify things they may do to cause injury, and offer general health information and tips for musicians of every instrument. Dr. Kertz is a chiropractor, acupuncturist, and bassist in private practice in the Chicago area.

You can send your comments, questions, or requests for future column topics to Dr. Kertz via email at, or visit his website at

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Randall Kertz is a chiropractic physician, acupuncturist, educator, and author in private practice in suburban Chicago, IL. He treats many local, national, and international musicians of all playing styles in his office and on tour, and has lectured on the subject of musician’s injuries and health education worldwide, as well as consulting, designing, and developing ergonomic and health-related products for the music industry. He is also a bassist and has been involved in many other roles in and around the music business for over 35 years. His book, "The Bassist’s Guide to Injury Management, Prevention and Better Health," was first published in 2005, and is now available in its second edition. He can be reached at, and his book can be purchased at Amazon, or at

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