performing arts medicine


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A subspeciality of occupational medicine that formally addresses the medical complaints of those who play musical instruments, sing, or dance
Common problems Those of a specific muscle-tendon unit, ranging in severity from mild pain to complete incapacitation, related to a combination of relatively repetitive movements of a limited number of muscles, and awkward position required to hold the instrument and/or weight of instrument, overuse 'syndromes', nerve impingement, and facial dystonia

Management Rest; beta-adrenergics for performance anxiety

performing arts medicine

A developing subspeciality of occupational medicine that formally addresses the medical complaints of those who toot, tickle, trill, or tap, playing musical instruments, warbling, or dancing Common problems Those of a specific muscle-tendon unit, ranging in severity from mild pain to complete incapacitation, related to a combination of relatively repetitive movements of a limited number of muscles, and awkward position required to hold the instrument and/or weight of instrument, overuse 'syndromes', nerve impingement, facial dystonia Management Rest; β-adrenergics for performance anxiety
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Jones is an active member of the American Academy of Family Physicians, the American Medical Society for Sports Medicine, and the Performing Arts Medicine Association.
While performing arts medicine is a relatively new field compared to sports medicine, the medical problems of performing artists are alarmingly common and career threatening.
Voice specialist Ian MacDonald from the British Association of Performing Arts Medicine says voices affected by conditions such as Parkinson's Disease can be strengthened through singing and performing can also improve core muscle tone and posture.
Dancers are superior athletes and usually in superb condition when they deliver," says Keith Reeves, MD, a gynecologist and obstetrician at the Center for Performing Arts Medicine at The Methodist Hospital in Houston.
They cover warm-ups and teaching repertoire; the basics of singing; vocal technique for the older singer, including range, stamina, voice quality, tone, pitch-matching, tuning, age and size-appropriate singing, rhythm, discipline, brain function, and vibrato; vocal health, with discussion of anatomy and physiology, voice disorders, performing arts medicine and nonvoice risks, seating issues, the aging voice, nutrition and integrative medicine, and vocal exercises; repertoire content, language, performance, and diction; and rehearsal, including issues for men and women.
Research and information dissemination continued to expand in the 1990s as an online musician-health survey sponsored by the University of North Texas was undertaken; the Textbook of Performing Arts Medicine was published; and an ever growing body of programs and literature documenting the research, study, and experiences of medical practitioners, musicians, and educators emerged.
Last year she walked on burning coals to raise money for (BAPAM) British Association For Performing Arts Medicine.
And when that concert violinist experiences muscle strain in her wrist, she'd probably do the same thing--and probably be pointed in the direction of the Performing Arts Medicine Clinic.
Research findings suggest that music can have a valuable role in stress management and biofeedback, in the management of medical and dental pain, in psychoneuroimmunology, and in performing arts medicine.
There are a few basic tenets in healthy music making upon which both music educators and performing arts medicine professionals can agree:
Crist attended a meeting at The Methodist Hospital's Center for Performing Arts Medicine, where specially trained doctors provide care to performing artists.
an internist with the Center for Performing Arts Medicine at The Methodist Hospital in Houston.

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