Hi everyone, I'm new here. As a person who has suffered countless piano injuries, some major, some minor, the topic of pain interests me greatly. Technique aside, how do you deal with pain? Pain is a tricky thing. When I was younger, my school gym teacher used to say, "no pain, no gain." We've all heard it; the theory being that muscles hurt when you are developing them, and that you've got to keep pushing beyond the pain to get good results. My piano teacher, on the other hand, always said "if you feel pain, stop!" The theory here is that pain is your body's way of warning you that you've overexerted some muscle and that you better stop or you will get a serious injury. This is the approach I've taken all my pianistic career, yet it has forced me to take weeks and sometimes months off over small, yet very real, injuries. Now, when you listen to Horowitz playing a Tchaikovsky concerto or Bermann a Lizst Transcendental Etude, it is quite difficult to imagine that the great pianists don't feel some degree of soreness (perhaps a great deal) after such colossal performances. I don't think it matters what school of technique you follow, God didn't create hands to pound out so many crashing chords and octaves on ivory keys! And yet I never once heard Horowitz complain or show the least sign of agony. Did he not feel pain? I find that highly unlikely. Did he simply ignore it? So my question is, is it natural for pianists to feel a certain amount of pain after practicing demanding repertoire, and are there times when you ignore the pain, and if so, how do you know when to ignore pain and when to take it seriously?