Established and active musician health organizations--such as the Performing Arts Medicine
Association and the German Association for Music Physiology and Music Medicine (Deutsche Gesellschaft fur Musikphysiologie und Musikermedizin)--suggest that the ideal long-term solution to decreasing rates of pain and injury is getting music teachers involved and informed.
As a result, one of Edwin Prashanth Jesudason's patients has recommended him to the British Association of Performing Arts Medicine
The field of dance medicine, led by organizations such as the International Association of Dance Medicine & Science, founded in 1990, and Performing Arts Medicine
Association, founded in 1989, has revolutionized our approach to dancer health.
Voice specialist Ian MacDonald from the British Association of Performing Arts Medicine
says voices affected by conditions such as Parkinson's Disease can be strengthened through singing and performing can also improve core muscle tone and posture.
They cover warm-ups and teaching repertoire; the basics of singing; vocal technique for the older singer, including range, stamina, voice quality, tone, pitch-matching, tuning, age and size-appropriate singing, rhythm, discipline, brain function, and vibrato; vocal health, with discussion of anatomy and physiology, voice disorders, performing arts medicine
and nonvoice risks, seating issues, the aging voice, nutrition and integrative medicine, and vocal exercises; repertoire content, language, performance, and diction; and rehearsal, including issues for men and women.
Research and information dissemination continued to expand in the 1990s as an online musician-health survey sponsored by the University of North Texas was undertaken; the Textbook of Performing Arts Medicine
was published; and an ever growing body of programs and literature documenting the research, study, and experiences of medical practitioners, musicians, and educators emerged.
The Netherlands is home to the Dutch Performing Arts Medicine
Association (Nederlandse Vereniging voor Dans- en MuziekGeneeskunde, NVDMG), with 204 medical professionals and medical students, and the Dutch Dancer's Health Care Foundation (Stitching Gezondheidszorg voor Dansers, SGD).
Last year she walked on burning coals to raise money for (BAPAM) British Association For Performing Arts Medicine
And when that concert violinist experiences muscle strain in her wrist, she'd probably do the same thing--and probably be pointed in the direction of the Performing Arts Medicine
Research findings suggest that music can have a valuable role in stress management and biofeedback, in the management of medical and dental pain, in psychoneuroimmunology, and in performing arts medicine
Eckart Altenmuller is a world-renowned performing arts medicine
physician, having served as chair and director of the Institute of Music Physiology and Musicians' Medicine at the University of Music and Drama in Hannover, Germany, since 1994.
Dancers are superior athletes and usually in superb condition when they deliver," says Keith Reeves, MD, a gynecologist and obstetrician at the Center for Performing Arts Medicine
at The Methodist Hospital in Houston.