A New Zealand medical doctor, Dr. Jonathan Kuttner, has put together a free website full of helpful information for musicians with RSI (repetitive strain injuries) or other injuries from practicing.
I found the videos, free articles and expert interviews extremely interesting, and am gratified to find out how many free self-treatment options there are for musicians.
For Musicians - Tips for Preventing RSI (repetitive strain injuries)
part 1 - preventing musician's injuries
part 2 - preventing musician's injuries
What is a trigger point? (video showing muscles and nerves)
Detailed steps to tending to a trigger point video.
Video on testing a trigger point in your forearm (this really worked for me as a quick tutorial.)
Does trigger point therapy have to hurt?
Trigger Point Finder: interactive anatomical map of human body's trigger points. Very cool; hugely educational.
Myofascial.org click on Symptom checker (more forearm and hand/shoulder diagrams with referred pain and trigger points highlighted where they connect.)
How to stretch your neck easily and simply (especially flutist's neck short on one side, eeek! )video.
How to relax jaw and release jaw tension video.
Also of interest to musicians:
The difference between trigger point pain and tendonitis.
Everyone's need for supplemental vitamin D3: 2000-5000 IU per day for reduction/prevention of pains.
Sign up for free pdf manual with pictures and explanations about trigger points:
I'm so so SO happy when doctors care so much they create websites to help people get the information they need to seek treatment and/or provide their own at-home treatment (after seeing their own doctor, of course!)
Happy pain-free fluting,
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