Growth and expansion of Performing Arts Physiotherapy

Growth and expansion of Performing Arts Physiotherapy

Growth and expansion of Performing Arts Physiotherapy

At CPAE we are glad to announce that we are getting ready for the 2nd World Congress on Musician's Physiotherapy. The congress will be held in Osnabrueck, Germany, in September 2018.

Recently, more and more attention is being devoted to the special relationship that exists between Physiotherapy and Artists. We strongly believe, and we are not the only ones, that a professional physiotherapist with the right training is the backbone of all artists. Only a trained physiotherapist can help the artist to improve their performance while avoiding injuries, taking all risk factors into account.

Breakthrough: larger hands in pianists suffer from more PRUEP (playing-related upper-extremity pain)

Breakthrough: larger hands in pianists suffer from more PRUEP (playing-related upper-extremity pain)

Contrary to what one would think, pianists with larger hands report more PRUEP than pianists with smaller hands. This has been proved in a scientific study carried out by the Americans PhD Jeffrey A. Russell and BS Nikki M. Check. In it they studied 43 pianists with an average of 14 years of experience playing the piano.

Does the size of the keyboard have an influence on the technique?

What's the influence of the teacher's own hand size and perception when teaching students?

Currently this possibility is being studied by Jessica Johnson from Wisconsin.

Meanwhile, we offer some biomechanical and physiological solutions which are useful for all piano teachers facing students with different hand sizes.

Finding out if the student has hypermobility

In the case where the student has hypermobility we need to know whether it is a generalised hypermobility or a focalised hyperlaxity. We recommend to carry out the Beighton test and ask for a professional's help.

Identifying the areas of tension and what makes you tense

This is an essential task to have a good technique and become a good performer. We need to learn how to remove tension when you are performing. However, we also need to remove it from our body when we are not performing because tension builds up and will affect our performance.

Do you know how to recognise what makes you tense?

There exist lots of techniques to remove this tension depending on your character and understanding of your body. We often see in the clinic that artists try out a technique which doesn't work for them and then give up. You have to persevere and find the right technique for you, from meditation to Alexander or Feldenkrais, the options are several. The aim is for you to feel good and to have control over your body: you are the one who decides what your body does, and not the other way around.

We recommend the following exercises:

Strength in the hand, not in the fingers

Remember that fingers do not have muscles, it is only the hand which has the potential for enhancing the muscular strength. Most injuries arise for an excess of strength together with fatigue and work in the forearm.

We hope you can benefit from our experience, which we are always pleased to share.

See you soon!

Only for Physiotherapist.

Online course of specialisation in MUSIC PHYSIOTHERAPY

ates: 2nd OCTOBER

Timetable: Online

Length of the course: 50 hours.

Place of realisation: on-line

Price: 800 euros

This course is only directed to physiotherapists.

The aim of the course is to approach physiotherapy to all those people who, in one way or another, are related to the Music World. It is not necessary to know how to play an instrument, although we recommend being, at least, familiarised with them. Having them close, bearing their weigh and observing the way musicians place their hands and arms. Everything studied before about Music will be of great use in the course.

The course is accreditted by the Consell Català de Formació Continuada de les Professions Sanitàries – Comisión de Formación Continuada del Sistema Nacional de Salud (Catalan College of Continual Training for Health Professionals and the Comittee of Continual Training of the National Health System).

Please, get enrolled only when you are ready to take the course, since at the end of the enrollement you will need to pay 800 euros at the account number you will be given. The course will not start until you send scanned payment proof. You can start any month you want excepting August.

We recomment doing the face-to-face course practics, but it is not compulsory.

Look more information HERE.

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