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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.

  • Foundations for Excellence - This website provides information, guidance, and sign-posting in the area of health and wellbeing for musicians and dancers. You will find useful advice sheets, in PDF format, on injuries affecting musicians and dancers, and their prevention. Go to the Resource Centre page. The website also has a list of specialist organisations able to help performing artists.

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.
  • Dystonia Medical Research Foundation (USA) - This site gives information on the various forms of dystonia and treatment options, including focal dystonias affecting musicians.

  • Konstanz-Terrassa Dystonia Program - You will find specific information on the symptoms, causes, diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of musicians focal hand dystonia.

  • Focal Dystonia - A Musician's Resource - This website, created by a musician suffering from focal dystonia, Richard Thurstans, gives a lot of up-to-date information on Musicians' Dystonia (MD), the available treatment strategies, and links to several practitioners, researchers, and centres that can help musicians with this condition.

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.



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