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Focal Dystonia (click here to access the dystonia research page)
Patrice has published several scientific papers on focal dystonia, and offers treatment and rehabilitation for task-specific dystonia affecting musicians, also called musician's dystonia.
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, was published online in June 2014, and in the journal Manual Therapy in December 2014. The article is made available for free by the journal until 9th January 2015: click this link to read it and download it. You can also find it in the "Publications" section of this website by clicking 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.
The prevalence rates of Playing-Related Musculoskeletal Problems (PRMPs) among professional orchestra musicians in Scotland, using the Musculoskeletal Pain Intensity and Interference Questionnaire for Musicians (MPIIQM), are now available (2016 publication). The full published article is available here. You can also download a conference poster which summarises the main prevalence results of the study.
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