Archive for August, 2014

Playing the violin during brain surgery

Essential tremor can be a career threatening affliction for musicians. Frisch is an Associate Concertmaster with the Minnesota Orchestra. Abnormal signals were being sent from his brain and he had lost control of movement in his right side which affected bow control. Deep brain stimulation surgery was undertaken at Mayo Clinic. A tiny electrode was implanted into his brain whilst he was playing the violin – as the violin bow was used to help determine where the tremor was. He can now control the condition by flicking a switch. Frisch is back playing the violin and is grateful for his ability to make music again. He says he will never take this for granted. Read the full article here.

Posted in NEWS on August 13th 2014

Orchestral musicians are elite athletes!

Australia is leading the way in areas of injury prevention and treatment for musicians. Pilates, yoga and Alexander technique are being offered to Sydney Symphony Orchestra members to assist in decreasing the incidence of injury and increasing the recovery time if they have an injury. I used to work with Jane, the physiotherapist who is running the classes at Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Trust – what a small world we live in! I hope this article challenges you, your colleagues and your management into focusing on preventing injuries and enabling ‘pain free’ bodies to make beautiful music.

Posted in NEWS on August 6th 2014

Animated indie folk intrigue

‘Small window’ is a beautifully gentle, subtle and endearing song by LuLu. This indie folk moment transports me to another world – enjoy being transported too.

Posted in NEWS on August 4th 2014

London Hand Therapy:

  • Injury prevention
  • Hand and upper limb assessment and treatment
  • Postoperative management

Hand Therapy is both an art and a rehabilitation science for the upper extremity. The injured limb is evaluated and assessed, and a variety of treatment methods are used to achieve set therapeutic goals.

Hand therapists are qualified Occupational Therapists and Physiotherapists who have become skilled in treating upper limb injuries and deformities through further education, training and clinical experience.