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Medical Issues: Focal Embouchure Dystonia and Musicians: Some Current Thoughts and Concerns about Treatment

 
 

Copyright 2017, Mark Alan Wade

Primary Author: Darymple, G.
Journal Title: The Horn Call
Date Published: Feb-06
Language: English
Category: Nervous Disorders
Key Words: dystonia focal embouchure musician treatment
Full Citation: Darymple, G. V., and Glen Estrin. Medical Issues: Focal Embouchure Dystonia and Musicians: Some Current Thoughts and Concerns about Treatment. The Horn Call 36, no. 2 (February 2006): 45-6.
Full Abstract: The preliminary signs of focal dystonia in brass players often occur in one register. Technical passages may become strangely difficult or resistant. Following these initial signs, performance problems worsen and neither increased practice nor time off seems to help. No pain is experienced. Brass players are usually affected in the corners of the mouth and jaw. Symptoms only occur while playing. These may consist of tremors in the embouchure. Muscle function therapy, including massage therapy and acupuncture, most often do not provide relief as this is a disease of the brain. There are no successful known therapies for treating focal dystonia.