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Musicians Health & Injury Discussion Forums
Classic forum where guitar players of all styles including rock,
blues, jazz, folk and classical discuss pain, injury, posture,
tension, exercises, including:
Online guitar community with excellent discussion forum.
To access discussion threads about guitar-related injury, click
on the "FretBuzz" tab, type the word "injury" into the
search box, then click Go.
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Health DVD's and Books
If you are interested in buying
musician's health material on-line, you can browse below to
find a selection of books & DVD's from our
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retail store online. Information available from these books
is essential for all musicians. String (including guitar players),
keyboard, percussion, harp, brass and wind players will play
better and feel better.
The Athlete Musician
An innovative approach that teaches musicians how to prevent
and manage injuries, presented in a unique format that
combines sound medical protocol with a musician's point of
It gives easy-to-follow
instructions for safe warming up, exercises and stretches to
do at home and even some for doing on stage, ways to avoid
injury and means to stay healthy when one has recovered. The
psychological and social aspects which confront injured
musicians are sensitively dealt with in "The Athletic
Musician". Every musician who wants to avoid a playing
injury or is recovering from such an injury should own this
The Inner Game of Music
By the best-selling co-author of Inner Tennis, here's
a book designed to help musicians overcome obstacles, help
improve concentration, and reduce nervousness, allowing
them to reach new levels of performing excellence
and musical artistry
The Inner Game of Music does an ingenious job of simplifying
the psychology and spirituality of playing music into
something practical by putting aside debatable beliefs about
ego, id, subconscious, conscious, etc, and focusing simply
on whether you are playing your inner game or losing it.
Playing (less) Hurt
is a readable and comprehensive guide and reference for all
concerned with pain in musical work: professional and
amateur musicians, teachers and students, doctors and
therapists. This book is essential for all musicians.
String, keyboard, percussion, harp, brass and wind players
will play better and feel better.
The ground Janet Horvath covers
is immense, written with knowledge, understanding, style,
aplomb and humor. The Injury Prevention Guide For
Musicians is the culmination of 20 years of lecturing and
teaching in the field of Performing Arts Medicine.
As a musician, deciding to study the Alexander Technique may
be one of the smartest decisions you ever make.
Body Learning by
Michael Gelb is a clearly written and easy to understand
book introducing the Alexander Technique. The clear
explanations in this book should help you before and after
this decision as there is so much mis-information about the
Easy to read, entertaining,
cogent, and reflective
The Alexander Technique DVD
by Jane Kosminsky, a former dancer who is well versed in the
history and method of the Alexander Technique.
According to proponents of this
century-old technique, popular with entertainers and
musicians, by changing your posture you can look, move, and
even breathe better. Developed by an actor who lost
his voice due to improper posture, the Alexander Technique
involves a series of subtle changes in stance and movements,
that once learned, can be incorporated into every facet of
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Musicians Health Articles
Browse below to read a selection of
interesting and informative articles relating to musician's health
and injury issues.
Oh My Aching Back!
Article from Victor Sazer who
outlines how poor posture and seating is one of the main causes
of back pain in musicians. Understanding the anatomy of
sitting is a therefore vital first step to re-evaluating sitting
habits for musicians.
Disorders In Musicians
Until recently very few studies or
surveys were performed to elucidate the widespread nature of
injuries associated with musicians. Like athletes, musicians
perform for the public; and like professional athletes, they can
lose their jobs if they don’t perform. But only athletes work
with physicians and trainers almost daily.
What To Do About Performance Anxiety.
By Barbara Conable,
this excellent article defines the various feelings of performance
fear, terror, dread or panic, and the effect they have on
musians' performance. She then covers techniques and remedies
which musicians can implement for overcoming the anxiety.
Ease Performance Anxiety Naturally
Performance anxiety can
range from mildly annoying to completely incapacitating. Here is
a simple, yet powerful technique
has used in his performing
and teaching to deal successfully with this reaction.
How to Resolve Dystonias: A Movement
By Barbara Conable.
worldwide are now getting interested in how they are moving. This
is good thing, because the conditions for dystonia are too
frequently put in place early in musical training by faulty
instruction in which the student is made to concentrate on what
is being done with little or no attention to how it is being
How Body Mapping And The Alexander
Technique Will Improve Your Playing.
By David Nesmith,
who writes that much of
traditional music training has distracted us from movement,
focusing instead on technique, musicality, and, more recently,
the psychology of performing. The movement of playing is rarely
taught at all, let alone with the needs of the body in mind.
This article explains how the movement of playing needs to be
taught directly, and musicians need to be specifically
instructed on how to move freely.
What Every Musician Needs To Know About
By David Nesmith, who
explains that movement of playing needs to be taught directly as
movement, and freedom of movement needs to be taught directly.
This movement is just as important as that of a dancer or
athlete, though more subtle and refined. Sometimes simple
attention is enough to solve problems. At other times, however,
movement must be retrained.
How To Avoid and
Treat Guitar-Related Hand Injuries.
Hassaun Ali-Jones Bey
writes that guitarists’ hand
injuries are most often due to the repetitive stress of playing
for hours on end without taking adequate breaks. Even though
disabling pain may show up in the lower arm or hand, most
injuries result from a chain of events that starts in the head.
Article written by
Dr. Marc Darrow MD, himself an accomplished musician.
He wonders how
many guitarists have altered their style of playing from
five-fingered riff blazing virtuosos to simple chord strumming
rhythmists because of finger, hand, wrist and elbow pain.
This article focuses on those guitarists
whose skill and dexterity has been robbed by painful fingers,
hands, wrists, and elbows.
- from hearnet.com.
years of entertaining the baby boomer generation, rock musician
Mick Fleetwood and famed drummer of Fleetwood Mac is now drumming out an important message for his
fans' hearing health — how to keep rockin' responsibly. The
"It's Hip to Hear" program educates baby boomers and music fans
about the importance of hearing loss prevention and treatment,
offering practical, everyday solutions to preserving hearing
Celebrities & Musicians
- a fairly comprehensive list of famous people and musicians
suffering from tinnitus, garnered from various discussion boards, published interviews,
magazines, radio & websites.
The Power Of Creative Limitation (A
Guitarist's Hand Injury).
An inspirational article by guitarist and musical
instrument maker Paul Adams, who lost a few fingers in an
accident early in his career.
Syndrome in Guitarists
- by Timothy J. Jameson, D.C., C.C.S.P.
Cubital Tunnel Syndrome begins with
pain in the elbow area, along the inner side of the forearm. The
pain can travel downwards towards the pinky, and can be
accompanied by tingling or numbness sensations to the pinky side
of the hand. This article discusses the typical pain patterns
associated with cubital tunnel syndrome, and some suggestions
for remedies and management of the injury
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Musicians Health Links
Check out the links below for more
information and resources about musicians' health and injury.
H.E.A.R - hearnet.com
Hearing Education Awareness for Rockers. A comprehensive
non-profit hearing information source for guitarists, musicians and music lovers.
Musician's Health is an educational web site devoted to
the understanding and the explanation of musician's injuries,
along with guidelines regarding injury prevention, optimizing
musical performance, and for achieving an optimum state of
Musicians and Health
A musician injuries web page by Paul Marxhausen with some excellent
links and articles.
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