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Musicians Health

Musicians are prone to a variety of medical ailments due to the nature of their profession. Conditions like Tennis Elbow, Repetative Strain Syndrome, Hearing Loss, Tendinitus and Carpel Tunnel Syndrome can be debilitating for musicians who rely on their fingers, hands, arms and hearing so it pays to take care of them as much as possible and learn what to do if you feel that these are potential issues that may affect your career. Are you worried about your health? Think you may have a medical problem related to playing a musical instrument? Or want to avoid known repetative injuries?  There are some excellent resources on the internet that provide all the information you could possibly need!!

Musicians Health Organizations & Resources

Arts Medicine
The European Association "Medecine des Arts"

British Performing Arts Medicine Trust
A charity that provides a telephone Helpline and free medical assessment at performance related injuries and illnesses.

The Canadian Network for Health in the Arts
Allows performing artists and health professionals to keep informed of research and health services for artists.

Tips, articles, ideas and links to other interesting sites on this page.

Designed to be easy to use for people who are searching the internet for information on a wide range of specific health topics, including Alexander Technique. Links to sites which discuss treatment, prevention, support groups, e mail lists, message boards, risk factors, statistics, research and more are included.

Hearing Education and Awareness for Rockers Information on hearing & hearing problems

German Association on Physiology of Music and Performing Arts Medicine
Deutsche Gesellschaft fur Musikphysiologie und Musikermedizin. Promotion and improvement of preventive, diagnostic and therapeutic measures - site in German.

International Arts Medicine Association
A forum for communication between arts and health professionals includes links to other health related sites.

The International Foundation for Performing Arts Medicine
Programs in injury prevention as well as medical information for artists

Loving Life Foundation
The non profit foundation for research and teaching in touch healing.

The Musicians Assistance Programme makes it possible for members of the music industry to receive treatment for drug and alcohol addiction, regardless of their financial condition. MAP gives these men and women a chance to get their lives back offices in the US and UK

Medical Problems of Performing Artists
The first clinical medical journal devoted to the etiology, diagnosis, and treatment of medical and psychological disorders related to the performing arts.

Musician's Health
Explanation of musician's injuries, along with guidelines regarding injury prevention and exercises for injury prevention created by Dr. Timothy Jameson D.C.

Performing Arts Medicine at Ithaca College
Includes program focusing on health and music performance.

The Performing Arts Medicine Association
Organization of physicians and other allied professionals dedicated to improving the health care and treatment of performing artists through education, research, and teaching.

Public Health Image Library, CDC, Atlanta, GA
Includes graphic images, photographs, illustrations and videos of a medical nature that may not be suitable for children.

Online Musicians Health Articles


Excessive Noise Levels
FAQ by Douglas Yeo (bass trombonist, Boston Symphony Orchestra) on excessive noise levels on stage

Company that markets an athletic approach to hand care.

Musculoskeletal Problems In Musicians
by Miriam C. Daum, P.T., M.P.H.

Nonsurgical Treatment Options for Upper Extremity Overuse Injuries
by Richard N. Norris, M.D. This multi-part article will discuss the nonsurgical treatment options of (relative) rest, medications, injections, thermotherapy, electrical stimulation, massage, therapeutic exercise, returning to work after injury ("work hardening"), modification of posture and technique, "feedback" techniques, orthotics, splints, and assistive devices for daily activities.

Sound Feelings Publishing
Music, health and education audio and book publishers specialising in music medicine, music instruction, weight loss, and alternative therapies. Amazing revolutionary free tips and information on music healing, music instruction, weight loss, studying, and stuttering. Special secrets, tricks and solutions are helpful specifically for learning to use music for transformation and healing, for music sight-reading, for non-diet weight-loss, for learning how to learn, and for attaining fluent speech plus free Health Tips, 11 helpful free tips show how to listen to music for transformation and healing, music healing sound samples, free Music Instruction Tips, Pianists’ pain-prevention tips, free secrets improve sight-reading, easy chord construction formulas.

Tinnitus FAQ
Frequently asked questions on Tinnitus answered by the British Tinnitus Association.

What Every Musician Needs to Know About the Body: Andover Educators

When It Hurts To Play
A Look Into Injuries Common Among Musicians

Exercises and Theraputic Techniques

The Complete Guide to the Alexander Techique including a section of information for musicians

Alexander Technique
Collection of Internet resources regarding the Alexander Technique includes links to worldwide Alexander Societies and a mailing list.

Carpel Tunnel Exercises
explanations, diagrams, exercises.

Healing With Water
Contrast Bath Hydrotherapy at Wikipedia

Feldenkrais Guild UK
The professional organization of practitioners and teachers of the Feldenkrais Method.

The Feldenkrais Method
Articles, workshops, books and tapes.

Pedro de Alcantara
Musician, teacher and author of “Indirect Procedures: A Musician's Guide to the Alexander Technique”. Website contains book excerpts, original articles and essays, news of seminars and workshops and links to pages of interest to musicians, fellow Alexander teachers and laypeople.

The Pilates Studio
Popular system of body conditioning.

Tendinitis Problems Of Musicians
Identification, Prevention, Treatment article by By Phil & Vision Williams

Instrument Specific


Brass Meets Dentistry
Series of articles covering dental basics, posture issues, braces, improvement and useful hints by Dr. Jochen Dornbusch.

The Morgan Bumper
a C-shaped soft, pliable medical grade plastic which fits over braces to save lips and cheeks from discomfort.

Self Hypnosis For Musicians
A unique self-help CD program to unlock your true potential

Hearing Protectors for Musicians available at


Alexander Technique for Musicians
articles by flutist Alexander Murray.


The Humane Guitarist
Dedicated to the scientific elimination of the physical stresses associated with the classical guitar.

Hand Care for Guitarists
7 Things You Need to Do to Prevent Injury.


Freeing The Caged Bird
Dedicated to injury preventive keyboard technique, this site features the internationally acclaimed, award-winning video "Freeing the Caged Bird" and information about pianist Barbara Lister-Sink's method of retraining injured keyboardists

Pianist's Injuries
Movement Retraining is the Key to Recovery an article by Thomas Mark

Pianists Pain-Prevention Tips
simple changes in keyboard technique will prevent injury for keyboard players.

Playing the Piano - Playing with Fire?
an article on the occupational hazards of piano playing.


For a full collection of vocal health links, information on hoarseness, breathing, colds and more visit Vocal Health Section on health for singers at our associate site Vocalist.org.uk

British Voice Association
Free literature with helpful information about a range of voice conditions and issues available to download as pdf files.

The Voice Care Network (UK)
Voice care aim to help people to keep their voices healthy and to communicate effectively.  They provide specialist voice workshops and coaching to introduce voice care, extend the efficient use of the voice, to manage acoustics effectively and to be aware o how clarity in delivery and vocal tone affect listening.

The VoiceCare Network USA
nonprofit US educational organization providing lifespan voice education for choral conductors, music educators, church musicians, singing teachers, singers and speech pathologists.

Vocalist FAQ-Glossary
Extensive glossary and frequently asked questions at the french site chanteur.net

throat pastille is recommended for relief of irritations due to excessive speaking, singing (professional, amateur or karaoke) or smoking and aid in soothing dry irritated throats.

Medical Books

Musicians Survival Manual
A guide to preventing and treating injuries in instrumentalists, a free pdf book download written by Richard N. Norris, M.D.

Mornum Time Press
Specializing in books on the Alexander Tehcnique. The last book included an essay by Professor Alexander Murray on flute playing.

Performing Arts Medicine Association Bibliography
Comprehensive bibliography of musicians injury related books and periodicals.

3d Medical Models & Images

Includes several models and projects including 3D Medical Model software with screenshot examples and information.

Harvard University
Medical imaging software includes 3D Slicer open source software platform for medical image informatics, image processing, and three-dimensional visualization.

Merk Medicus great online 3d images, photographs and information.

Medically Accurate 3D Models, Full Male & Female Collections with a series of online examples taken from their software program.

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Please note that links in this section are provided for information only. The products have not been tested by our volunteers, Electric Blues Club is not affiliated in any way and inclusion does not consitute recommendation of any kind.

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