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Randall Kertz

Randall KertzRandall Kertz is a chiropractic physician, acupuncturist, educator, author and bassist in private practice in suburban Chicago, Illinois. 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. He has also been a tour manager and has performed many other roles in and around the music business for over twenty-five years.

Randall attended the Bass Institute of Technology in 1989, worked in the business side of the music industry for the next several years in various capacities, and became a physician in 1999. His book, ‘The Bassist’s Guide to Injury Management, Prevention and Better Health’ was published in 2005, and will soon be available in 3 languages. He is currently working on designing the perfect bass strap, as well as being involved in other health education projects geared towards musicians.

He founded Musician’s Health Resources in 2009.

He can be reached at drkertz@aol.com, and his book can be purchased at www.drkertz.com.

Articles by Randall Kertz:

  • Health & Fitness for The Working Bassist – Part 6: It’s All In Your Head

    Health & Fitness for The Working Bassist – Part 6: It’s All In Your Head

    Part 6 concludes No Treble’s series on Health & Fitness for the Working Bassist. This column is focused on how you can put the mind and body connection to work for you. Dr. Randall Kertz shares concepts to help bassists keep the mind and body relaxed by focusing the mind and recognizing and controlling its… »

  • Health & Fitness for The Working Bassist – Part 5: Odds & Sods

    Health & Fitness for The Working Bassist – Part 5: Odds & Sods

    Part 5 in No Treble’s series on Health & Fitness for the Working Bassist is focused on topics that don’t directly discuss having your hands on the bass. Nonetheless the topics about to be reviewed represent key factors when it comes to your longevity as a musician and the enjoyment you can gain from being… »

  • Health & Fitness for The Working Bassist – Part 4: You’ve Got Some Nerve

    Health & Fitness for The Working Bassist – Part 4: You’ve Got Some Nerve

    Part 4 of our Health & Fitness series focuses on how nerves can be negatively impacted and cause discomfort and how bassists can avoid these challenges. Dr. Randall Kertz shares his insights on how problems with the neck and shoulders can affect the arms and wrists, how to tell when there is a problem, and… »

  • Health & Fitness for The Working Bassist – Part 3: Warm Up & Exercise Tips

    Health & Fitness for The Working Bassist – Part 3: Warm Up & Exercise Tips

    Welcome to part 3 in No Treble’s Health & Fitness series. Randall Kertz just returned from the International Society of Bassists convention in San Francisco, where he presented a pair of lectures addressing injury prevention for bassists. When warming up, understanding why it’s done, how it should be done, and the benefits proper warm ups… »

  • Health & Fitness for The Working Bassist – Part 2: Posture, Posture, Posture

    Health & Fitness for The Working Bassist – Part 2: Posture, Posture, Posture

    Our 6-part series of Health & Fitness for The Working Bassist continues what has proven to be a highly popular subject with No Treble’s community of bassists. We believe you will find this month’s focus on posture to be informative and useful — it is chock full of information and tips that can help you… »

  • Health & Fitness for The Working Bassist – Part 1: Basic Technique

    Health & Fitness for The Working Bassist – Part 1: Basic Technique

    Common injuries that rob bassists of stage time Let’s start with an overview of the most common types of injuries bassists experience, the dreaded tendonitis, also known as repetitive stress injury, which will usually be felt in the hand, wrist, forearm, elbow, or neck and shoulder. As repetitive stress injury suggests, overuse is the cause… »