Let's admit it. The violin was not designed to be easy to play.
It requires us players to contort ourselves into un-natural positions for long periods of time.
Sometimes playing well inflicts a painful cost on our bodies.
It does not have to be painful.
There are practical things we can do to alleviate and avoid suffering (and/or career ending trauma).
If you feel pain, do NOT take two aspirin and keep playing!
If your body is trying to tell you something, you should listen.
This area of the website has some advice, but it is not a one-size-fits-all, end-all-be-all of solutions.
Our bodies all behave different, which is why it is often best to seek professional help for any physical ailments whether that professional is a chiropractor, acupuncturist, Iyengar yoga master, physical therapist, masseuse, or your friendly family physician.