The magic of hands!

Magic! Hand movements used by magicians in their tricks can be used as a form of hand therapy for children with disabilities. After practicing specific hand movements to perform magic tricks daily living activities such as using cutlery and tying shoe laces becomes so much easier. Therapy can be fun if we use activities that are meaningful and fun! NHS Lambeth is now using a scheme so there is more funding and more children involved in the magic camp scheme.

Posted in NEWS on May 8th 2019

Bird Song Opera

ShakeUp Music recomposed Mozart’s Magic Flute ‚Papageno/Papagena Duet‘ into an audiovisual bird song aria.

Listen to an audiovisual twitterstorm performed by our feathered fellows.

Posted in EVENTS, NEWS on April 12th 2019

You cant buy time

This short clip shows us how important it is to take time to think, be still and not cram every moment of each day with ‘stuff!’

Posted in NEWS on March 22nd 2019

The Prince of Wales played the cello!

His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales visited The Royal Society of Musicians of Great Britain on Thursday 15 November 2018 to officially open their new building at 26 Fitzroy Square.

I was privileged to be presented to him and we spoke about musicians posture, demands on music students, task specific dystonia, fMRI imaging of musicians brains, rehabilitation and treatment strategies for musicians and his time at Geelong Grammar School in Australia! There was a lot of laughter and many smiles shared and it was a very special day with memories engraved on my mind that I will always cherish.

The Society’s President and Master of the Queen’s Music Judith Weir CBE, the Chairman, Governors, Chief Executive and staff were in attendance. Other guests included Vice Lord-Lieutenant, Col Jane Davis and the building’s Architect Russell Taylor.

His Royal Highness was welcomed by a trumpet fanfare performed by Members Richard Thomas and Matthew Wells. Items from the Archives were on display including the Society’s oldest documents and the earliest surviving manuscript of Handel’s Water Music. Member Cara Berridge, gave a short recital on a 1781 Nicolò Gagliano cello, on long-term loan to her via the Society’s Fine Instrument Scheme. The visit concluded with His Royal Highness unveiling a plaque and signing the Society’s Attendance Book.

HRH signing the attendance book

Did you know The Prince of Wales played the cello while an undergraduate at Cambridge University? He also played piano and trumpet while at school.

The Society has always had a strong connection to The Royal Family with George III granting the Society its first Royal Charter in 1790. Her Majesty The Queen has been Patron since 2013.

Posted in NEWS on December 14th 2018

Our latest publication on musicians dystonia …

Butler K, Sadnicka A, Freeman J et al. Sensory-motor rehabilitation therapy for task specific focal hand dystonia: A feasibility study. Hand Therapy 2018; 23(2):53-63. DOI:10.1177/1758998318764219

Medical treatments have limited long-term effect in task-specific dystonia (TSD). Whilst evidence supports the use of rehabilitation, no randomised controlled trials (RCT) have been undertaken. This small-scale study determined the feasibility of implementing and evaluating a mixed sensory-motor TSD rehabilitative programme.

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Posted in NEWS on July 2nd 2018

One keystroke at a time …

This incredible man, who has cerebral palsy, uses just a few fingers and a lot of determination to create art using a type writer. Watch the clip below to be challenged and inspired.


Posted in NEWS on June 20th 2018

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.