have been treating musicians problems for
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. The vast majority
of cases that I have seen have been for muscle and joint problems
and were therefore amenable to myo-articulation ( MA ). The
application of MA can provide a much accelerated healing process.
It combines muscle stretching and softening along the entire length
of the individual muscles of the body.
especially the deep muscles often become 'musclebound'.
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.
deep muscles usually become tight when their associated joints have
been used repetitively and, or have an injured joint or joint dislacement
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.
The article on repetitive strain injury of the forearm and hand contains a detailed analysis of this often problematic condition. You can read it by clicking here: RSI.
"I had tendinitis in both hands, after improper use of the muscles - playing difficult pieces in long practice sessions without breaks, without doing the necessary stretching exercises and without thinking about my body. The problems were on and off for about 2 years until I decided to suspend my playing for a year, to take time to think and to cure the problem. During this time I completely recovered with the great help of Paul. He not just cured effectively the problems with the muscles and the tendons (through a simple physiotherapy) but also gave me a very good knowledge which I still use to maintain myself in a good health and prevent injuries. I sent some of my colleagues from the Royal Academy of Music to him, as he is a great specialist dealing with musician's injuries (his understanding is even deeper as he himself plays the guitar).
I am really grateful to Paul and will recommend him to anyone. There is hardly anything that is not completely curable from the musician's injuries! :-)
Stanislav Hvartchilkov (classical guitarist)