The creator of this unique online process has been treating performers and musicians problems for over 40 years.
Career threatening conditions can result directly from playing and indirectly from other reasons including hypertonicity, over-use and RSI, trauma, inappropriate technique, bad posture, and occasionally, disease processes.
Muscles, especially the deep muscles often become 'muscle-bound'.
In this ultra-tense state the muscles will ache and tire very rapidly. They are being starved of Oxygen. The nervous system has two ways of dealing with tense muscles. If the muscle being irritated for whatever reason is a superficial muscle i.e. one which is in the outer layer of muscles, then weakening and loss of bulk will often occur. However, if the muscles in question are the deep, supportive and postural muscles, they will tighten and shorten in response to irritation.
The deep muscles usually become tight when their associated
joints have been used repetitively and, or have an injured joint
or joint displacement along the muscle's length. Every muscle in
the body is in contact with at least one joint along its length.
In the case of the hand and forearm many of the muscles must
traverse multiple joints.
Imagine you could get 'snapshots' of a performers’ physical condition and work relationships and to be able to know whether your performers are suffering from symptoms likely to hamper their productivity and cause distress.
We offer this unique service to enable you to help you in an informed manner.
We visually 'map' the pain syndromes of individuals and indicate their severity. We map the hand, forearms, elbows, shoulders, neck, upper spine, ribcage, lower spine and lower limbs. Areas of numbness and pins and needles can also be mapped. The reports also contain specific observations by your performers with regard to tutorial style, pressure and the quality of personal interactions with colleagues and management.
Useful links to articles and statistics.
Links:Occupational health problems of musicians. Guardian workplace wellness article Benenden National Health Report 2014 RSI Action website The Paul Manley Back Pain and RSI Clinic, London A collection of Massage research from around the world What is Trigger Point Therapy? Dance industry problems EU General Data Protection Compliance