benessa wrote:One issue with focal dystonia is that it comes to you without warning. There's no pain or nodes involved as with tendonitis, so you don't know what is happening, detrimentally, until it is too late.
lagartija wrote:benessa wrote:One issue with focal dystonia is that it comes to you without warning. There's no pain or nodes involved as with tendonitis, so you don't know what is happening, detrimentally, until it is too late.
That's pretty scary. So there is no way to know if you have a brain with (what I think Solomon described as) "excessive plasticity" that will start to fuzz the brain map of your hand.
I see your point about it not being just one thing, and that others may use the same training technique without harm.
It reminds me of the problem some people have with carpel tunnel, in that some slight bend in their wrist while playing will cause a problem, but others born with greater clearance for the nerve, will not have problems no matter what they do. Maybe some day, they will have a test for this type of plasticity and at least one might have a chance of taking greater care if the danger were known. At the moment, it is the scary thing hiding in the musician's dark closet.
benessa wrote:I don't think you can label any one technique as causing focal dystonia. It's almost always a combination of several factors, which in any other player could have no adverse effects.
Blondie wrote: It is interesting to see the problems that rock/metal guitarists get with FD in their fingering hand, for example, almost unheard of in classical players because we do not use the specific techniques they use and have an altogether more independent and more relaxed left hand. With CG players it is virtually always the right hand that is affected and where the highest load is put on the sensory motor system.
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