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Arts Medicine Websites

  • BAPAM - provides a free GP assessment to musicians and performing artists with health problems. BAPAM also has a helpline and will be able to advise you on health issues, financial help, and holds a Directory of Practitioners to direct you to the right practitioner in the UK.

  • Music and Health - is a site created by Richard Beauchamp, Head of keyboard at St Mary's Music School in Edinburgh. Richard has a very good knowledge of the anatomy and biomechanics of the hand, which he applies to his piano teaching. His site is full of information on help for musicians, Arts Medicine organisations, articles and advice on piano playing technique relating to anatomy and biomechanics.

  • Centre for Performance Science - is a research centre developed in collaboration with the Royal College of Music, London. The Centre for Performance Science promotes collaborative research among musicians and scientists. Ongoing research projects include music psychology and physiology, musicians' health and wellbeing, musical development, skill acquisition and expertise.

  • ASPAH (Australia) - Australian Society for Performing Arts Healthcare. The mission of ASPAH is to promote holisitic healthcare for performing artists in Australia.

  • PAMA (USA) - Performing Arts Medicine Association. This site has a very extensive list of useful links on Health and Arts Medicine. PAMA is associated to the best quarterly scientific journal in the field of Performing Arts Medicine. The journal is called "Medical Problems of Performing Artists". PAMA runs an Arts Medicine conference every year in Aspen or Smowmass, Colorado.

  • Athletes and the Arts - This new website, designed for performing artists, was announced at the annual conference Medical Problems of Performing Artists held in Snowmass, Colorado in July 2010. The website is the result of a collaboration between the Performing Arts Medicine Association (PAMA) and the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM). It aims to identify key medical and wellness issues unique to musicians and performing artists, and deliver educational material.

  • Médecine des Arts (France) - French Arts Medicine Association. The association also has a quarterly successful journal, and runs an extensive two-year Diploma Course in Arts Medicine, which has helped to create a stong network of Arts Medicine practitioners in France. The French also run an Arts Medicine conference every year in Montpellier.

UK Organisations

  • MU - The Musicians Union offers a wide variety of services and assistance to its members. The MU may be able to assist you towards health treatment costs. Contact Sheena Macdonald, regional organiser of the MU in Scotland, on 0141 341 2960.

  • Help Musicians UK - Help Musicians UK (formerly Musicians Benevolent Fund) provides funding through a range of awards schemes to help musicians when illness, accident, or old age brings stress and financial burdens. The Fund started a new scheme to help full-time RCS students in Glasgow with their health-related treatments costs.

  • Scottish Music Centre - The Scottish Music Centre is a one-stop shop for information on all aspects of the Music Industry in Scotland, including entries on Music and Health. The SMC promotes Scotland's music locally, nationally, and internationally.

Dystonia Websites

  • Dystonia Society (UK) - The Society is dedicated to providing information and support to everyone affected by dystonia in the UK, and to raising awareness of the condition and the needs of everyone affected. The Society is also committed to ensuring that everyone with dystonia has access to the treatments they need.

General Health

  • Patient UK - You will find up-to-date health information leaflets provided by GPs to patients on a wide range of medical conditions, including musculoskeletal conditions.

  • Counselling Directory - This Directory is a leading support network in the UK for those needing to find a counsellor or psychotherapist regarding emotional, psychological or psychosocial issues. The site has information on the types of distress, the therapies available, and the Directory can be searched in order to find counsellors and psychotherapists near you.
  • Acupuncture - The Acupuncture Association of Chartered Physiotherapists (AACP) is affiliated to the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP). Its principal aim is the integration of Acupuncture into Physiotherapy Practice for the treatment of pain and systemic illness. AACP maintains a register of acupuncture practitioners, of which Patrice is a member.

  • MACP - The Musculoskeletal Association of Chartered Physiotherapists is a group of Chartered Physiotherapists who have undertaken extensive postgraduate training and reached a recognised standard of excellence in neuromusculoskeletal physiotherapy.

  • Physio Glasgow - This is Patrice's new website, aimed at the population at large, not just musicians or performing artists. Patrice is a chartered physiotherapist specialised in the diagnosis and treatment of musculoskeletal disorders and injuries.

  • Back Care - Back Care is a registered charity that aims to reduce the burden of back pain by providing information and support, promoting good practice and funding research. You will find information sheets and downloads by clicking on BackCare's Library.

  • Health & Safety Executive - Health and Safety Executive provides information on causes of musculoskeletal disorders and their prevention with reference to the industry you work in. Advice on back pain is also included.

  • NHS inform - NHS inform is a national health information service in Scotland. The website offers information, advice and tips to people with joint or muscle problems.

  • Painful Shoulder - This website, created by Andrew Brooksbank, Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon in Glasgow, gives information on common shoulder pathologies and their surgical management.


MSK Health

You will find below a series of websites and links to information leaflets, exercise sheets and videos on various aspects of musculoskeletal (MSK) conditions.

Websites
with a range of patient information and videos on MSK conditions:

  • MSK Tracker Keele University: a complete all-in-one list of links to self-management leaflets and videos for patients: click here.
  • Dynamic Health NHS advice and leaflets: click here.
  • Osteoarthritis (Keele University): click here.
  • General exercise poster (Arthritis Research UK): pdf.
  • NHS Inform: click here.
  • NHS Forth Valley MSK Physiotherapy: click here.
  • NHS GG&C MSK Physiotherapy: click here.
  • NHS GG&C Podiatry: click here.
  • NHS Ayrshire & Arran: click here.
  • Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP) - Rehabilitation: click here.
  • Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP) - Conditions: click here.
  • Versus Arthritis: click here.
  • British Elbow & Shoulder Society (BESS): click here.
  • MSK Reform: click here.
  • Prehab Guys YouTube videos: click here.
  • Exercise videos (by Physiotherapist Margot Cohen): click here.

Wesbites, videos and advice on exercise and wellbeing:

  • Chief Medical Officer advice: pdf.
  • Benefits of short walks (Posturite): pdf.
  • Exercise guidance and principles: pdf.
  • Increasing activity levels (CCI): pdf.
  • General exercise poster (Arthritis Research UK): pdf.
  • Fitness Blender website: click here.
  • Simple general exercise videos (OA optimism): click here.
  • "Hotel room" circuit - minimal equipment (NHS GG&C): pdf.
  • NHS Fitness Studio: click here.
  • NHS Forth Valley return to fitness videos: click here.
  • NHS Forth Valley return to fitness videos: pdf.
  • NHS Forth Valley Active Forth: click here.
  • NHS Forth Valley Active Forth leaflet: pdf.
  • NHS GG&C - Lifestyle self-help advice: click here.
  • Live Active (Glasgow Life) website: click here.
  • Advice on Sleep (Versus Arthritis): click here.
  • Sleep leaflet (NHS GG&C): pdf.
  • Breathing and Relaxation exercises (NHS Inform): click here.
  • Mindfulness and stress (NHS): click here.
  • Tips on dealing with stress at work (Posturite): pdf.
  • Clear your head website (Healthier Scotland): click here.
  • Stop smoking help (NHS GG&C): click here.
  • Weight management (NHS GG&C): click here.
  • Weight management (Forth Valley): click here.
  • Managing fatigue (Versus Arthritis): click here.
  • Conserving your energy after Covid-19 (RCOT): pdf.
  • Post Covid information pack (NHS Homerton): pdf.
  • Useful Apps (NHS): click here.
  • Moving Medicine website: click here.
  • Posture at work advice (Posturite): pdf.
  • Working day tips (Posturite): pdf.
  • Work station tips (Posturite): pdf.
  • Work station exercises (Posturite): pdf.

Neck pain and exercises:

  • Neck pain information (Versus Arthritis): click here.
  • acute neck pain leaflet (NHS Scotland): pdf.
  • Neck pain booklet (Arthritis Research UK): pdf.
  • Neck pain leaflet (Arthritis Research UK): pdf.
  • Basic neck exercises leaflet (Arthritis Research UK): pdf.
  • Neck pain advice (Arthritis Research UK): pdf.
  • Basic neck exercise videos (CSP): click here.
  • Basic neck exercise videos (NHS Inform): click here.
  • Neck exercises (NHS Inform): click here.
  • Neck stretches (CSP): click here.
  • Nerve root pain information (BASS): click here.
  • Sliders and gliders for nerve pain video (Physiotutors): click here.

Temporomandibular joint (jaw joint) disorders (TMD):

Thoracic spine videos:

  • Thoracic spine mobility exercises video: click here.
  • Thoracic spine extension video: click here.
  • Thoracic rotation strengthening video: click here.
  • Thoracic rotation mobility video: click here.
  • Thoracic rotation in 4-point kneeling video: click here.
  • Thoracic rotation in lunge video: click here.
  • Thoracic outlet syndrome (TOS) exercises video: click here.
  • Thoracic outlet syndrome (TOS) - 7 exercises: click here.

Low back pain information, videos, and exercises:

  • Back pain information (Versus Arthritis): click here.
  • Back pain conditions and Information (BASS): click here.
  • 10 facts about low back pain (O'Sullivan): pdf.
  • Back pain facts - Video (PAIN-ED): click here.
  • Acute back pain (BASS): click here.
  • The Back Book - advice on back pain (RCGP): pdf.
  • What to do with back pain (RTE website): click here.
  • Back in control (NHS Inform): pdf.
  • Back pain poster - Advice on management (CSP): pdf.
  • Pain Education website PAIN-ED: click here.
  • Chronic low back pain video (15 minutes - P. O'sullivan): click here.
  • Low back pain and communication - Quiz (O'Sullivan): click here.
  • Low back pain and MRI scans (NHS): pdf.
  • Persistent back pain leaflet (NHS Scotland): pdf.
  • Back pain self-management (NHS Inform): click here.
  • Managing back pain leaflet (NHS): pdf.
  • Back pain exercise leaflet (1) (Arthritis Research UK): pdf.
  • Back pain exercise leaflet (2) (Arthritis Research UK): pdf.
  • Advice and exercises for low back pain (CSP): click here.
  • Low back pain booklet (Arthritis Research UK): pdf.
  • Low back pain - Sciatica (NHS South Tees): pdf.
  • Low back pain poster (Keele University): pdf.
  • 10 things to know about your back (CSP): click here.
  • Spinal stenosis leaflet (NHS Tees): pdf.
  • Spinal surgery information (BASS): click here.
  • Spinal stenosis information (BASS): click here.
  • Spinal stenosis leaflet (NHS GG&C): pdf.
  • Cauda Equina Syndrome information (BASS): click here.
  • Cauda Equina Syndrome guidelines (UKSSB): click here.
  • Cauda Equina Syndrome Framework (UKSSB): pdf.
  • Cauda Equina Syndrome leaflet (NHS GG&C): pdf.
  • Cauda Equina Patient Card (English)(UCLAN): pdf.
  • Cauda Equina Patient Cards (multiple languages - NHS): click here.

Shoulder exercises:

  • Shoulder pain booklet (Arthritis Research UK): pdf.
  • Simple shoulder exercises (Arthritis Research UK): pdf.
  • Shoulder pain advice (CSP): click here.
  • Shoulder osteoarthritis advice (NHS Devon): pdf.
  • Rotator cuff related shoulder pain - Series of Videos (NHS): click here.
  • Rotator cuff related shoulder pain exercises (BESS): click here.
  • Rotator cuff related shoulder pain leaflet (NHS Inform): pdf.
  • Rotator cuff related shoulder pain exercises (BESS): pdf.
  • Rotator cuff related shoulder pain - Early (NHS GG&C): pdf.
  • Rotator cuff related shoulder pain - Later (NHS GG&C): pdf.
  • Rotator cuff massive tear - Exercises (NHS Torbay): pdf.
  • Frozen shoulder leaflet (NHS Inform): pdf.
  • Frozen shoulder exercise booklet (Nuffield NHS): pdf.
  • Shoulder exercises for frozen shoulder (NHS GG&C): pdf.

Elbow exercises:

  • Elbow pain booklet (Arthritis Research UK): pdf.
  • Elbow pain exercises (Arthritis Research UK): pdf.
  • Tennis elbow advice and exercises (CSP): click here.
  • Tennis elbow exercise leaflet (NHS GG&C): pdf.
  • Golfer's elbow leaflet (NHS Scotland): pdf.
  • Golfer's elbow exercises (NHS): pdf.
  • Elbow pain information (Versus Arthritis): click here.
  • Ulnar neuritis information (NHS Scotland): pdf.
  • Ulnar neuritis leaflet (NHS Oxford): pdf.

Hand and wrist exercises:

  • Hand injuries information (BSSH): click here.
  • Wrist and hand pain advice (Versus Arthritis): click here.
  • Hand osteoarthritis booklet (Arthritis Research UK): pdf.
  • Hand osteoarthritis leaflet (Keele University): pdf.
  • Thumb osteoarthritis leaflet (NHS GG&C): pdf.
  • Small aids for the hand (NHS Forth Valley): pdf.
  • CTS booklet (Arthritis Research UK): pdf.
  • CTS leaflet (NHS Scotland): pdf.
  • CTS leaflet (NHS Inform): pdf.
  • CTS exercise leaflet (Arthritis Research UK): pdf.
  • CTS advice and exercises (CSP): click here.
  • CTS leaflet with exercises (Queensland): pdf.
  • Median nerve exercises (NHS South Tees): pdf.
  • Ganglion cysts leaflet (NHS Scotland): pdf.
  • Dupuytren's contracture leaflet (NHS Scotland): pdf.
  • De Quervain's tenosynovitis leaflet (NHS Inform): pdf.
  • De Quervain's tenosynovitis exercises (NHS Sussex): pdf.
  • Trigger finger leaflet (NHS Scotland): pdf.

Hip exercises:

  • Hip pain advice (Versus Arthritis): click here.
  • Hip pain booklet (Arthritis Research UK): pdf.
  • Hip pain exercises (Arthritis Research UK): pdf.
  • Hip and knee exercise videos (Escape Pain): click here.
  • Hip osteoarthritis leaflet (NHS Inform): pdf.
  • Lateral hip pain leaflet (NHS Scotland): pdf.
  • Lateral hip pain (GTPS) exercises (NHS Ayrshire): pdf.
  • NHS Forth Valley return to fitness videos: click here.
  • NHS Forth Valley return to fitness videos: pdf.

Knee exercises:

  • Knee pain advice and videos (CSP): click here.
  • Knee osteoarthritis booklet (Arthritis Research UK): pdf.
  • Knee osteoarthritis leaflet (NHS Inform): pdf.
  • Knee osteoarthritis leaflet (NHS Scotland): pdf.
  • Knee exercises (Versus Arthritis): pdf.
  • NHS Forth Valley return to fitness videos: click here.
  • NHS Forth Valley return to fitness videos: pdf.
  • Patello-femoral pain syndrome (Arthritis Research UK): pdf.
  • Patello-femoral pain syndrome exercises (NHS Oxford): pdf.
  • Anterior knee pain leaflet (NHS Inform): pdf.
  • Meniscal problems of the knee (NHS Inform): pdf.
  • Meniscal tears leaflet (NHS Scotland): pdf.
  • Knee ligament sprains leaflet (NHS Scotland): pdf.
  • Knee bursitis leaflet (NHS Scotland): pdf.
  • Anterior cruciate rehabilitation guidelines (NHS GG&C): pdf.
  • Advanced lower limb rehabilitation videos (NHS GG&C): pdf.
  • Running injuries (Running Physio): click here.
  • Knee pain information (Versus Arthritis): click here.

Foot and ankle exercises:

  • NHS GG&C Podiatry website: click here.
  • Foot and ankle pain information (Versus Arthritis): click here.
  • Foot pain (CSP): click here.
  • Foot pain booklet (Arthritis Research UK): pdf.
  • Foot pain advice and exercises videos (CSP): click here.
  • Foot - hallux valgus leaflet (NHS Scotland): pdf.
  • Foot - metatarsalgia leaflet (NHS Scotland): pdf.
  • Foot pain exercise videos (NHS Inform): click here.
  • Foot pain exercise leaflet (Arthritis Research UK): pdf.
  • Lateral foot (peroneal) exercises (NHS Torbay): pdf.
  • Ankle sprain leaflet (NHS Scotland): pdf.
  • Ankle sprain exercises (Versus Arthrits): pdf.
  • Ankle impingement leaflet (NHS Scotland): pdf.
  • Ankle osteoarthritis leaflet (NHS Scotland): pdf.
  • Foot and ankle surgery booklet (Arthritis Research UK): pdf.
  • Achilles tendon tendinopathy leaflet (NHS Scotland): pdf.
  • Achilles tendon tendinopathy exercises (NHS Oxford): pdf.
  • Calf stretches - Soleus muscle (NHS Torbay): pdf.
  • Heel pain leaflet (NHS Scotland): pdf.
  • Plantar Fasciitis Information (Versus Arthritis): click here.
  • Plantar fasciitis leaflet (NHS GG&C): pdf.
  • Plantar fasciitis exercises (Arthritis Research UK): pdf.
  • Plantar fasciitis exercise videos (NHS Ayrshire & Arran): click here.

Falls Prevention and osteoporosis

  • What to do if you fall - leaflet (NHS Inform): pdf.
  • Balance challenge (Scottish Government): pdf.
  • Keep fit and active (NHS GG&C): pdf.
  • Otago strength and balance programme: pdf.
  • Falls prevention advice (NHS GG&C): pdf.

Understanding chronic pain information and videos:

  • Understanding persistent pain (Tasmania DoH): pdf.
  • Persistent pain information boklet (NHS GG&C): pdf.
  • Managing chronic pain (Pain Concern): pdf.
  • Management guide on chronic pain (NAPP): pdf.
  • Extensive pain management guidebook (Honest Physio): pdf.
  • Live Well with Pain website: click here.
  • Joint hypermobility booklet (Arthritis Research UK): pdf.
  • Polymyalgia Rheumatica booklet (Arthritis Research UK): pdf.
  • All about M.E. booklet (Action for ME): pdf.
  • Fibromyalgia booklet (Arthritis Research UK): pdf.
  • Short animated video "Tame the Beast" (5 minutes): click here.
  • Introduction to chronic pain - Cartoon video (5 minutes): click here.
  • Talk "Why Things Hurt" by L. Moseley (15 minutes): click here.
  • Pain Education website PAIN-ED: click here.
  • Chronic low back pain video (15 minutes) by P. O'sullivan: click here.
  • Pain and the brain video (90 minutes) by L. Moseley: click here.
  • Thinking and Feeling advice sheet (CCI): pdf.
  • Accepting Uncertainty (CCI): pdf.
  • Mindfulness and stress (NHS): click here.
  • CRPS booklet (Arthritis UK): pdf.
  • CRPS clinical information (NHS GG&C): pdf.
  • CRPS information booklet (NHS GG&C): pdf.
  • CRPS desensitisation booklet (NHS GG&C): pdf.


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