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Focal Dystonia (click here to access the dystonia research page)
Recent research in neurology has shown that the condition is associated with
changes in areas of the brain involved with the control of movement, and especially distortions in the representational zones of the digits in an area of the somatosensory cortex. The reason for these neurological changes may be due to the highly repetitive and almost simultaneous finger movements that musicians have to practise.
Development and validation of a self-report instrument to measure musculoskeletal pain in professional orchestra musicians in Scotland
The main aim of this study was to develop a questionnaire designed specifically for professional musicians that could be used to measure pain and its impact on playing a musical instrument. A second aim of the study was to gain an insight on the extent of muscle and joint problems among professional musicians from three major orchestras in Scotland, i.e. the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, the Scottish Chamber Orchestra.
The questionnaire was named the Musculoskeletal Pain Intensity and Interference Questionnaire for Musicians (MPIIQM). The study was completed in August 2013, and has been accepted in June 2014 for publication in the journal Manual Therapy. It is now available online on the journal's website as "article in press". A direct link to the paper is available here.
The MPIIQM is now available as a User Guide with the full version of the questionnaire. You can download it from this website. Click here to download.
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