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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

    Never Mind — if It’s All in Your Head Your Mind Can Fix It “It’s all in your head” is a phrase commonly used by physicians – publicly or privately – when they aren’t sure what is wrong with the patient because symptoms don’t fit in with a test performed or a question on the... »

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

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

    Lift Off — Common Sense Guidelines for Lifting and Moving Your Equipment Most of us carry our own gear around. Sometimes we get lucky and use house gear or somebody else’s gear (which isn’t always as good a deal as it may sound). At times, some of us are fortunate enough to have somebody else... »

  • 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

    Strapped — Proper Strap Construction and Use Typically bassists are used to having a heavy weight around their necks. Earlier in this series we studied problems related to the wrists and forearms, which are usually muscle and tendon related (tendons attach muscles to bones, hence when overuse occurs it is from the pulling that the... »

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

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

    Bass Playing as a Sport Approaching the bass in the same manner athletes approach their chosen field of endeavor will pay dividends in stamina, injury reduction, and improved playing. Just as an athlete trains for an event in which they have to perform at their best, bassists practice, rehearse, and gig for hours at a... »

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

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

    The Importance of Posture, in Life and Music In this installment, our focus is on posture, and how it – and lack of it – can affect bass playing in particular, and everything else you do in general. Bad habits started when we were young have a way of sticking with us as we get... »

  • 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... »