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Excessive Practicing May Cause Muscle Tremors, Focal Dystonia

 
 

Copyright 2017, Mark Alan Wade

Primary Author: Iltis, P.
Journal Title: The Instrumentalist
Date Published: Sep-02
Language: English
Category: Nervous Disorders
Key Words: practice musician dystonia muscle focal instrument French horn
Full Citation: Iltis, Peter W. Excessive Practicing May Cause Muscle Tremors, Focal Dystonia. The Instrumentalist 57, no. 2 (September 2002): 38, 40.
Full Abstract: Iltis' attempt to improve his low register horn playing by extensive practice sessions made his playing worse. He was eventually diagnosed with focal dystonia of the embouchure. Though the exact cause of dystonia is unknown, trauma may induce dystonia and excessive practicing may increase the likelihood as well. Practice sessions should include five minutes of rest every thirty minutes with breaks every ninety minutes.