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#346763 - 06/07/02 09:59 AM Focal Dystonia
rachrach Offline
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Registered: 06/06/02
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Loc: St. Louis
Hello, I am new to the list. I am a senior in college and a year and a half ago I was diagnosed with focal dystonia. After a lot of therapy I am fortunately able to play again, but I still have a lot of pain when I BEGIN a piece. I have just started the Prelude in C sharp minor 0pus 2. no 3 by Rachmaninov and Aufschwung from Schumann's Phantasiestucke. I was wondering if anyone had any advice on how to either deal with the focal dysonia, or how to get less tension in the arms in these pieces.

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#346764 - 06/10/02 08:29 PM Re: Focal Dystonia
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Registered: 05/23/02
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Loc: Victoria, Australia
rachrach, what is focal dystonia? (excuse my ignorance)

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#346765 - 06/10/02 08:30 PM Re: Focal Dystonia
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rachrach, what is focal dystonia? (excuse my ignorance)

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#346766 - 06/10/02 08:50 PM Re: Focal Dystonia
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Focal dystonia ("musician's cramp") means loss of voluntary motor control over individual limbs. I've also heard it called "writer's cramp".

rachrach, you might want to investigate the Feldenkrais method; check out this web site... they mention focal dystonia in the 2nd paragraph on the left:

Feldenkrais
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#346767 - 06/10/02 08:52 PM Re: Focal Dystonia
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BTW, you don't need to go the the netherlands to get Feldenkrais, it's available in the US too.
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#346768 - 06/10/02 11:05 PM Re: Focal Dystonia
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Registered: 06/06/02
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Thanks for the info Bernard....I have only briefly looked into that particular method of treatment.

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