Links & On-Line Articles
Here is a excellent and award winning listing of recommended links and on-line articles from the folks above. The links are broken down into: General, Guitar Specific, Piano Specific, Wind Instrument Specific, and Stuff.
- Jonas Sen's superb Playing the
Piano,Playing...With Fire?A Study of the Occupational Hazards of Piano
Playing - important reading for non-pianist musicians, too. A downloadable
text-only version is now available by FTP from eeshop.unl.edu/text/musicmed.txt .
- A similar excellennt document is Valerie Kampmeier's dissertation, The Impact of RSI
on Creativity in Musicians .
- Dr. Richard Norris NONSURGICAL TREATMENT OPTIONS FOR
UPPER EXTREMITY OVERUSE INJURIES
- Website for the International
Foundation for Performing Arts Medicine . (E-mail address: IFPAM@bigfoot.com). Includes message
boards to leave questions.
- New . . . Web page of the The
Performing Arts Medicine Association .
DISEASES OF PERFORMING ARTISTS BIBLIOGRAPHY
- More resources listed at the Center for Safety in the Arts ,
in particular be sure to read:
- Performing Arts
Medicine at Ithaca College - this school is taking a lead in this
field and their Web site has good resources.
- An important group concentrating on performing arts injuries is the Performing
Arts Special Interest Group of the Orthopaedic Section of the American Physical
Therapy Association. This site includes affiliated
clinics that deal with performing arts injuries.
- New . . . . Arts Medicine, a new European site.
- French site, La Musique Et
La Medecine (Bio-Amadeus), includes UNE NOUVELLE APPROCHE DE
L'ENSEIGNEMENT DU VIOLON ( A NEW APPROACH TO TEACHING THE
VIOLIN), a thesis very relevant to string instrument injuries.
- About Seats
and Sitting for Cellists and Other Musicians by Victor Sazer is
an excellent explanation of how sitting can give you back pain.
- HANDS ON!
ONLINE, the performance health newsletter for flutists. Great stuff!
- Additional flute notes in the article Relieve Those Aches
and Pains! in the web-zine Suite
- CANADIAN NETWORK for HEALTH in
the ARTS -The CNHA allows performing artists and health professionals
to keep informed of research and health services for artists.
- SHAPE (Safety & Health in Arts
Production and Entertainment) is the not-for-profit association
dedicated to the promotion of workplace health and safety in the motion
picture and performing arts industries in British Columbia, Canada. They
provide health & safety information, education, and training for the
performing arts and film industries. They have publications, posters, videos
and access to professionals at the Workers' Compensation Board (WCB). In
particular, download their publication PREVENTING MUSCULOSKELETAL
INJURY (MSI) FOR MUSICIANS AND DANCERS
- Dr. Joaquin Farias has posted the this site that discusses his
treatment of musicians' injuries.
- Hearing Problems are common among musicians, classical and rock
alike. A good resource list is the Tinnitus Frequently Answered
Questions Web site. Detailed information on protection, earplugs can be
found from Aearo Company's
technical support page, and definitely see HEARNET , the Web site for H.E.A.R. (TM) (
Hearing Education and Awareness for Rockers.)
Also, read this thread on How Loud is Too Loud? , and
Doug Yeo's article on Noise
levels on stage/hearing .
- More insights on musicians' hearing loss is found on Ken Laberteaux's "When It Hurts To Play: A Look
Into Injuries Common Among Musicians"
- Phil & Vivian Williams write on TENDINITIS PROBLEMS OF
MUSICIANS - IDENTIFICATION, PREVENTION, TREATMENT
- Andover Educators , "a
network of teachers saving, securing and enhancing musical careers with
accurate information about the body in movement", training aimed at preventing
musicians' injuries. Includes an interesting and growing on-line book, At Last! Music Education on a
Secure Somatic Foundation . Check it out, some interesting stuff here.
- Six Golden Rules
for Conquering Performance Anxiety by David Leisner.
- Vox Cura , a Canadian
voice care clinic, has useful information about taking care of your voice.
- The Texas Center for Music
& Medicine includes an interdisciplinary team of musicians, music
educators, clinicians, and research scientists. The Center represents
educational, medical and musical resources, brought together to study, treat,
and prevent various medical problems associated with learning and performing
music. Clinical resources are available for both students and non-students.
Clinical care is provided through the Center for Performing Arts Medicine at
the UNT Health Science Center in Fort Worth, the UNT Counseling and Testing
Center, and the UNT Speech and Hearing Center. CALLING ALL ORGANISTS! All
ages - all levels - whether you play concerts on trackers or polkas on fun
machines. Please participate in the anonymous, international SURVEY OF MUSCULOSKELETAL PAIN OF
ORGANISTS, a dissertation project. Your input is important!
- The Classical music
department of the WWW Virtual Library has excellent sections on Medical Issues for Performers , Coping With Performance Anxiety , and Medical Clinics for
Performers (in the US and Canada) .
- JAMES R. OESTREICH wrote this
article discussing the impact of musicians' woes for the New York Times.
- Musicians are also afflicted with Focal Dystonia, a baffling
and controversial loss and distortion of muscular control. Read this first-hand account of this
condition. The National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke has a
Dystonias Information Page and a Dystonias
Fact Sheet. Also see the Dystonia Dialogue page from the
Dystonia Medical Research Foundation, which includes a bulletin board for
discussions of the disorder. I am told this board has more traffic than the alt.support.dystonia USENET newsgroup.
Also: Read Constraint-induced
movement therapy for focal hand dystonia in musicians in The Lancet . An excellent new dystonia resource and advocacy groupis Care4Dystonia, Inc.
Some case studies and other information is on Andreas Kurth's Focal Dystonia in Musicians web page.
Some possible insights on musician's dystonias are discussed in How To Resolve
Dystonias: A Movement Perspective by Barbara Conable.
- Dr. Tim Jameson, D.C. contributes articles on:
Also see his new Musician's Health Web site for many
more articles, suggestions, and stretches.
- Another health clinic has some interesting articles, see the Performing Artists Health Center.
- A forum
for on-line discussions of musicians' injuries has been set up by PrivateLessons.com. Join in!
- Andover Educators site
promotes their What Every Musician Needs to Know about the Body course,
also includes some on-line
articles well worth reading.
- Related information on computer injuries is on the RSI Page . . .
- A list of performing arts clinics is included on the FindADoc list.
- Many musicians report that The
Feldenkrais Method and The
Alexander Technique are helpful in learning non-injurious use of the
body. A Feldenkrais practitioner has some good info on his Somatic Options page. Also there are many
good reports on the effectiveness of Hellerwork , Trager Approach, Rolfing , and The Pilates Method in treatment of
RSI. You may want to read Three Musicians
Talk about the Alexander Technique. Music-oriented Alexander info is found at Alexander
Technique for Musicians .
- If Feldenkrais interests you, there is also a SANTA FE 2000
FELDENKRAIS TRAINING PROGRAM coming up soon.
- John Link writes on The Feldenkrais Method for Singers (and
Instrumentalists) Parts I and II . More resources and info from John
- Jonas Sen's superb Playing the
Piano,Playing...With Fire?A Study of the Occupational Hazards of Piano
Playing - important reading for non-pianist musicians, too. A
downloadable text-only version is now available by FTP from eeshop.unl.edu/text/musicmed.txt .
- Thomas Mark's PIANIST'S INJURIES: Movement
Retraining Is The Key To Recovery. In addition, he now has set up a web
site at http://www.pianomap.com/ .
- Portland State University has created the Coordinate Movement Program for Pianists , a program of study to "allow a limited number of applicants to pursue
a degree option while recovering from pain, injury and physical
- Niks Piano
Technique and Hand Guide page provide information on another
low-tension piano technique, as well as a special practice tool used to help
learn the technique.
- Stephen Marquiss shares his experiences and thoughts on
healthy, effective, pain-free piano playing on his Web site.
- Dr. Teresa Dybvig's The Balanced Pianist presents a variety of short,
intensive programs for small groups of pianists, high school age and above,
amateur and professional. In The Balanced Pianist programs, pianists improve
their practice, performance, and teaching skills while growing to enjoy all
these activities more. The goal of programs is removing tension in practice
and performance through good musicianship, healthy movement and positive
mental attitude, removing tension in teaching through use of learning
styles, and general wellbeing. The web site has information about Taubman technique, Dunn
& Dunn Learning Styles, about what constitutes a healthy approach to
practice, performance, and teaching, and the curriculum of programs.
- David C. Stanwood has developed technology to modify piano keyboard touch, thereby
reducing the chances of injury. (See article on Key Weights listed below.)
- Yuri Ziskin conducts an interesting discussion of what brings
about injury on piano at pianoinjurycure.net . Unique
content and conversational presentation.
- Sheila Paige facilitates regular Piano Wellness workshops and seminars.
Emanoilidis has many good resources and reviews relative to healthy
piano playing, including the article "Preventive Techniques and Exercises
for Pianists with Performance-Related Hand Injuries".
- Robert Burnson discusses his experience with piano-related injury and his success in
using both John Sarno's approach to pain relief, and Dorothy Taubman's
philosophy (explained in good detail) of effective and safe piano technique.
WIND INSTRUMENT SPECIFIC LINKS
Some ergonomic accessories for various instruments are
appearing on the market. Here's some on the web. I don't endorse all of these,
just passing them along. Such items may be very useful indeed, but don't go
looking for a gadget to "fix" all your problems. If you are already injured,
for CERTAIN don't be thinking you can get an accessory or new instrument
and then go right back to full-speed, full-time playing with no other changes
and with no visit to the doctor. It doesn't work like that!
- The new Y-strap ergonomic
guitar strap is on the market.
- Here's another ergo strap
company, supporting several instruments with their designs.
- Similarly, sax players may want to check out The Smart Strap
- Arm'n Track guitar support,
includes articles on playing position.
- The Neck-Up guitar support.
- Gracie Stands, makers of
no-strap stands that hold your guitar in playing position. I use one of
these myself - PMx.
- Quodlibet Inc. sells ergo
supports for Clarinet, Basset Horn, Oboe, English Horn, Oboe d'Amore, Bass
Oboe, and now saxophone.
- The Guitar Chair ,
optimized for classic guitar performance.
- "BassBrace is a guitar
belt - a revolutionary new way to support an electric bass or guitar that
will shift the weight of the instrument off the shoulder and place it
comfortably on the hips. At the same time, it provides for more optimal
instrument positioning to relieve wrist strain." [Paul adds: I got one of
these and use it with my solidbody electric guitar to give my hurting
shoulders a break. I *do* endorse these.
- Ton Kooiman designed and markets a number of woodwind thumb
rests on his Woodwind Ergonomics website.
Nitin Aurora is compiling a list of guitar supports on his website.
OTHER ERGONOMIC PRODUCTS: A whole lot of other ergonomic products,
services, devices, etc. (mainly computer-oriented) are found on this Web page.