I am looking for a different strap on the advice of my physiotherapist.
I have pain in my temporomandibullar joint (jaw hinge). It suddenly came on when stressed earlier this year. I am seeing a physio and it is gradually reducing in every day life. However, it is still really bad when playing saxophone and starts after a few notes.
On seeing me with my sax, she has recommended doing something different strap-wise as I am currently tilting my head up and forward (ie jaw forward, forehead back). I have a plain strap with some padding I sewed on about 10 years ago. I have tried a Neotech too but that is no better. Obviously I am working on correct starting posture and not pulling the sax up too high.
Today, I have picked up a RedStrap ATBL harness (I am playing alto) and a BG yoke strap. I have previously tried a different harness but it kept the alto awkwardly close to my body.
The RedStrap feels different but a bit odd so not sure. Also it pulls across my chest (I'm female). The yoke doesn't seem any different to a normal strap. Jaw pain comes in just as quickly as normal but haven't tested for long enough to see if it is slightly better and might improve long term.
I have see lots of recommendations for the Cebulla strap so am considering getting this.
Does anyone have any recommendation for what to get/try/do? It is impossible to play sax for more than 5 minutes straight and I need it sorted.
General suggestions not related to the strap would also be greatly appreciated.
Thank you very much,