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How to Resolve Dystonias: A Movement Perspective


Copyright 2024, Mark Alan Wade

Primary Author: Conable, B.
Journal Title: International Musician
Date Published: Jul-02
Language: English
Category: Nervous Disorders
Key Words: dystonia musician treatment movement
Full Citation: Conable, Barbara. How to Resolve Dystonias: A Movement Perspective. International Musician 100 (July 2002): 10-11.
Full Abstract: The conditions for dystonia are often due to faulty musical training, specifically, tension in players' technique. In order to resolve dystonia, the musician must retrain and relearn how to move tension-free. In some cases, the patient can spontaneously resolve the dystonia through movement therapy, such as the Alexander Technique. Mental imagery can assist this sensory-motor dysfunction. Effective imagery during retraining and relearning can be recalling a time when the affected area worked normally, reminding oneself how easy it was to do the task, and using freely moving, fluid musicians as models for recovery. Feedback on this article is found by: Estrin, Glen, and Steven Frucht. Feedback: Dystonia: Separating Fact from Fancy. International Musician 100 (August 2002): 3.