Focal Dystonia, article.

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Focal Dystonia, article.

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Post by ronjazz » Tue Jan 26, 2016 12:59 am

Thanks for that, very interesting conclusions. Focal dystonia affects 1% of musicians, according to this paper, which is a lot of people.
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Post by Blondie » Tue Jan 26, 2016 9:23 am

ronjazz wrote: Focal dystonia affects 1% of musicians, according to this paper, which is a lot of people.
Minor point, but just to clarify, the data percentage refers to professional musicians, as opposed to all musicians. Having said that, some papers put this figure much higher: 'Focal hand dystonia occurs in 2-10% of professional musicians and often has devastating consequences for their careers.' [Focal Hand Dystonia Affecting Musicians. Part II: An Overview Of Current Rehabilitative Treatment Techniques, Butler et Al, The British Journal of Hand Therapy Autumn 2006 Vol 11 No 3].

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Post by Blondie » Wed Jan 27, 2016 9:04 am

Charles Mokotoff wrote:Check this one out:
http://www.dailystar.co.uk/news/latest- ... n-stimulus
Thanks, I've heard of deep brain stimulation (DBS) before but not heard it used to treat a guitarist with FD.

'Surgeons at the hospital in Shenzhen City, in southern Guangdong Province, stimulated Li's brain with electricity through two holes drilled in his skull'

:shock:

Its no guaranteed cure though, and the results are very patchy.
http://www.dystonia.org.uk/index.php/ab ... timulation

Naturally due to the invasiveness of the approach its highly controversial.

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Post by benessa » Sat Feb 06, 2016 11:20 pm

Blondie wrote:
ronjazz wrote: Focal dystonia affects 1% of musicians, according to this paper, which is a lot of people.
Minor point, but just to clarify, the data percentage refers to professional musicians, as opposed to all musicians. Having said that, some papers put this figure much higher: 'Focal hand dystonia occurs in 2-10% of professional musicians and often has devastating consequences for their careers.' [Focal Hand Dystonia Affecting Musicians. Part II: An Overview Of Current Rehabilitative Treatment Techniques, Butler et Al, The British Journal of Hand Therapy Autumn 2006 Vol 11 No 3].
I wouldn't be surprised if the percentage climbed a bit higher than 10% if the stat were limited to professional guitarists and pianists only.
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Post by benessa » Sat Feb 27, 2016 5:46 am

I've updated my blog to include some focal dystonia retraining exercises. I'd be interested if they help anyone. Also I encourage you to share them with musicians besides guitarists. I've recently heard from a wind player, and I believe the techniques can be applied to a broad group.

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Post by oriventura » Sun Feb 28, 2016 12:58 pm

I think these are very good, actually it's like an "invisible" splint on the rest of the fingers.

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Post by benessa » Mon Feb 29, 2016 2:25 am

oriventura wrote: it's like an "invisible" splint on the rest of the fingers.
I think that is a fascinating assessment and is making me think of the approach differently. Thank you!

I've posted the last lesson in the exercises: Lesson 3: http://www.kateclassicalguitar.com/…/fo ... nia-retrai…/

I've also tentatively put up a Video log that starts with my playing before retraining. I hope everyone will be kind. http://www.kateclassicalguitar.com/foca ... a-video-di…/
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