Archive for the ‘Sources of Health Information’ Category

A major event in Occupational Health

Tuesday, March 19th, 2019

Are you a freelance performer, regularly working on short contracts and short-term engagements? BAPAM in collaboration with the Occupational Medicine Department of the Royal Society of Medicine is organising an event looking at Occupational health in the performing arts. The industry is commonly termed the original gig economy as a huge proportion of the workforce are composed of freelance performers. There is also unfortunately a high number likely to become injured or have other health problems as a result of their work.

In traditional settings occupational health teams keep people well at work – physically and mentally. But when it comes to the gig economy the healthcare support for a performer may not be as certain.

Amongst other things this event on 27th March 2019 will be looking at the health and work needs of the self-employed, especially those working in this gig economy. As well as the current needs and experiences of performers when they are faced with ill health and also performance-related injury and how they can be treated back in to work.

Click here to book on to the event which promises to be a very useful day for all performers and clinicians working with performers.

  • Interested in finding out more about occupational health and performing arts, there is a collection of resources on the subject on the Society of Occupational Medicine website.

 

Free Health and Wellbeing Webinar Series with ISM

Tuesday, February 5th, 2019

Tuesday 5th February to Tuesday 26th February

We have teamed up with the Incorporated Society of Musicians to present a series of free webinars looking at musicians’ health. Our performance health experts will lead the sessions, exploring solutions to problems frequently encountered in music careers. For more information on each session and how to book a free place click here.

Looking after yourself on tour: Tuesday 5th February
Health in the gig economy: Wednesday 13th February
Resilience and bullying in the workplace: Tuesday 19th February
Preventing playing related injury: Tuesday 26th February

 

OPACA Study Day: Osteopathic Approach to the “Singing Voice”

Monday, September 4th, 2017

The Osteopathic Performing Arts Care Association (OPACA) present their second study day in Manchester on Sunday 15 October, focusing on Voice, and led by osteopath, singer and teacher, Ashley Staffiord.

To book online please visit: www.opaca.co.uk

OPACA aims to foster a uniquely Osteopathic perspective of treating performing artists, to encourage new ideas and offer mutual support. New members are welcome.

“A practical and experiential workshop for osteopaths with a special interest in the power of the voice. This full day’s programme will include practical work with bodybreath-voice relationship: exploration of the diaphragms and the relationship between primary and thoracic respiration and the many influences upon the functionality of the voice from head to toe. It will include a review of the anatomy and neurology of the vocal apparatus and demonstrations with singers. Participants will leave with a clear view of how to approach the voice of the patient osteopathically and with minimum trauma in the interventions”.

The Foundations of Good Mental Health

Wednesday, May 10th, 2017

To coincide with Mental Health Awareness Week 2017,  BAPAM Registered psychologist and performance coach Dr Carol Chapman, writes for Spotlight with essential tips for actors (and all performers) on building good mental health and resilience.

Read the article here

Performers Health Hub App Launched

Thursday, March 30th, 2017

Dance Longer Dance Stronger has launched a new app designed to enable performers to locate a range of dance-specialist healthcare, both private and NHS, and reliable, evidence-based resources on a range of health topics including fitness, first-aid for dancers, nutrition and hypermobility.

Resources on the Performers Health Hub are drawn from a consortium of organisations at the forefront of dance medicine and science research and advocacy including National Institute of Dance Medicine and Science, One Dance UK, Safe in Dance International and the British Association for Performing Arts Medicine and will be continually updated as research progresses.

The app has been developed in response to the high injury rate among dancers and the lack of time available due to the nature of their work, to conduct thorough research in locating top quality healthcare.

Around 80% of all dancers will suffer an injury each year through training, rehearsal or performance* or as a result of fatigue and overwork, insufficient warming-up or cooling-down, recurring injury or not being able to respond to the early warning signs of injury**.

Due to the nature of their work, and the demands of their complex schedules, dancers, teachers and choreographers can find it extremely challenging to find the sufficient time needed in order to locate reliable, dance specialist care and resources. This can lead to many dancers abandoning the search altogether and working through an injury.

Director of Dance Longer Dance Stronger Claire Farmer comments: ‘By housing this vital information in one place, the app removes the need to spend precious time searching the internet and attempting to establish the quality and reliability of the information available there. Dancers can quickly find dance specialist healthcare practitioners and clinical services, providing the expert knowledge that can help dancers then return to the studio quicker.’

To download the app please visit the Apple or Google stores.

The information on this app is not intended to diagnose an injury.  If you are concerned about an injury please always consult a registered healthcare professional.  To query any of the information highlighted in this app please contact Dance Longer Dance Stronger directly.

For more information contact: Claire Farmer MSc info@dancelongerdancestronger.com

*Laws, H (2005) Fit to Dance 2, Dance UK, Newgate Press, UK: London

** Brinson, P & Dick, F (1996) Fit to Dance, Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, UK: London

Spotlight Open House

Thursday, March 23rd, 2017

Spotlight Open House, kicking off on Monday 3rd April, is a jam-packed week of workshops, Q&As and one-to-ones led by top industry professionals working across all areas of film, television and theatre.

BAPAM Registered counseling psychologists, Dr Carol Chapman and Jane Oakland will be taking part in the events, offering free 30-minute one-on-one sessions, a completely confidential opportunity for actors to discuss any challenges that they’re currently facing for which they may require support. All of these sessions are already fully booked.

Many people in the performing arts will experience challenges with their mental health at some point in their lives. In response, Spotlight, Equity, The Stage and BAPAM developed ArtsMinds to offer support for people who need it most and encourage people in the performing arts to talk more about the importance of getting support.

At BAPAM, we also offer free in-depth clinical advice for anyone working professionally or studying in the performing arts, and list specialist practitioners on our Directory of practitioners.

Many events throughout the week will be livestreamed and you can also follow updates on Twitter using the hashtag #SpotlightOpenHouse.

 

YCAT Sounding Board – Health and Wellbeing for Performers

Wednesday, January 11th, 2017

YCAT Sounding Board is the new initiative from the Young Classical Artists Trust (YCAT) to create a leading professional training ground for a broad and diverse range of music graduates and students. YCAT’s fourth career development seminar tackles the vital issue of maintaining your physical and mental wellbeing as a performer. BAPAM trainer, Jane Oakland, a music psychologist and vocal consultant, will be joining the panel to discuss issues around physical and mental wellbeing for those working in performance, and provide techniques to prevent and overcome these issues should they arise. This is a great opportunity to ask questions and discuss the challenges and benefits to all performers in engaging with this essential element of a balanced musical life.

Panel:

Matthew Jones – violist and performance health expert

Jane Oakland – BAPAM registered music psychologist and vocal consultant

Aaron Williamon – Professor of Performance Science, Royal College of Music

Time and Location: Tuesday 24th January – Royal Overseas League, London
Panel discussion: 1 hour
Q&A: 30 mins
Post-seminar: drinks and networking
Cost: £5

All welcome! Tickets are limited. 

Book your tickets here.

 

Musician’s Focal Dystonia Factsheet

Wednesday, November 2nd, 2016

Download our new Musician’s Focal Dystonia Factsheet here.

Dystonia is a neurological condition that causes involuntary muscle spasm leading to abnormal movements. While they are unlikely to encounter this condition, musicians may develop a rare form of task-specific dystonia known as ‘Musician’s Focal Dystonia (MFD)’. Most cases of MFD affect the upper limb (hands, fingers, wrist or forearm) in guitarists, pianists and string players. However, brass or wind players may also experience MFD in the hands and in areas relating to embouchure (mouth, lips, cheeks, jaw or tongue). Percussionists may develop dystonia in the foot.

To meet the need for guidance about Musician’s Focal Dystonia, we have developed our new Factsheet in partnership with the Association for British Orchestras (ABO) and the Musicians’ Union (MU). The Factsheet provides a brief overview of symptoms and possible risk factors, and suggestions for prevention and management plus advice for employers, including orchestra managers, and sources of further advice and support.

This publication was produced in consultation with our Dystonia Advisory Group: Dr Rebecca Whiticar (Chair), Dr Deborah Charnock, Dr David Fielding, Dr Mike Shipley, Dan Hayhurst (BAPAM); Dawn Day (ABO); Diane Widdison (MU); Katherine Butler (Clinical Specialist in Hand Therapy); Dr Mark Edwards (Consultant Neurologist); Mr John White (Upper limb orthopaedic surgeon).

We are extremely pleased to have collaborated with the ABO and BAPAM on producing this guidance which we hope will be useful to both musicians and the engagers of musicians. Although FD is relatively rare we know that being able to access the correct information for diagnosis and pathways to treatments is invaluable to the musicians that are affected. We hope that the guidance, that has had input from the top medical specialists in the field, helps contribute to the increased awareness of FD in musicians – Diane Widdison, Musicians’ Union National Organiser – Education and Training

Download our Musician’s Focal Dystonia Factsheet here.

ArtsMinds – Mental Health Resources for Arts Professionals

Thursday, August 4th, 2016

ArtsMinds is a collaborative initiative from Equity, BAPAM, Spotlight and The Stage to bring together into one place a raft of resources for performers and creative practitioners facing mental health issues. Our starting point was to try to uncover the scale of mental health issues within our industry by putting out a survey to arts professionals to which more than 5000 people responded. This new site reflects their concerns, highlighting resources to help with worries about health, careers, relationships and finances, plus information about how to help others, and what to do if you need immediate help.

One in four people will experience mental health problems and it’s important to access the right support when its needed. It’s also important to remember that the majority of people recover or learn to manage their mental health issue.

It is our hope that ArtsMinds will help support people in our industry who are dealing with emotional stress and mental health challenges. We also hope this new resource will encourage more people to talk about their situations and go some way to help raise awareness and help dissipate some of the stigma surrounding these issues.

Health and Wellbeing Month – in Association with The Musicians’ Union, Help Musicians UK and BAPAM

Thursday, July 7th, 2016

Through August 2016, we are delighted to be partnering with Help Musicians UK (HMUK) and the Musicians Union (MU) for Health and Wellbeing Month, packed with events where health and performance experts meet music creators to share essential skills for peak performance throughout a healthy and successful career. Health and Wellbeing Month sees each organisation bring their own focus and expertise to benefit the whole UK community of musicians.

Events will be held in Glasgow, Manchester, Birmingham, Cardiff, and London, with more to be confirmed across the UK.

WORKSHOPS

Expert BAPAM trainers will host an array of events sharing practical skills to boost performance and avoid health problems. From Vocal Health, to Ways to Beat Stress and Deal with Perfectionism, right through to Drumming without Pain, the workshops will be available to all musicians or artists, at any stage of their career.

All workshops cost just £5 for MU members, £8 for trade body members, and £10 standard price. Please click on the specific workshop listings below for further information, including how to book. Spaces are limited so please ensure to book in advance.

Tuesday 2 August, 2 – 4.30pm, MU Offices, London
Vocal Health with Jenevora Williams

Wednesday 3 August, 2 – 4.30pm, MU Offices, Birmingham
Vocal Health with Jenevora Williams

Thursday 4 August, 2 – 4.30pm, MU Offices, London
The Healthy Performer with Drusilla Redman

Tuesday 9 August, 2 – 4.30pm, RWCMD, Cardiff
Injury Prevention for musicians – a physiotherapist’s viewpoint with Sarah Upjohn

Wednesday 10 August, 2 – 4.30pm, MU Offices, Birmingham
Realising potential in performance: an introduction to Alexander Technique with Alison Loram

Monday 15 August, 2 – 4.30pm, MU Offices, London
The Healthy Pianist with Penelope Roskell

Tuesday 16 August, 2 – 4.30pm, MU Offices, Birmingham
The Healthy Performer with Drusilla Redman

Wednesday 17 August, 2 – 4.30pm, MU Offices, London
Ways to beat stress and deal with perfectionism with Carol Chapman

Thursday 18 August, 2 – 4.30pm, MU Offices, London
Drumming Without Pain: Injury Prevention Workshop with Martin Ranscombe

Monday 22 August, 2 – 4.30pm, MU Offices, London
Introduction to Feldenkrais for Musicians with Emma Alter

Tuesday 23 August , 2 – 4.30pm, MU Offices, Birmingham
Introduction to Feldenkrais for Musicians with Emma Alter

Tuesday 30 August, 2-4.30pm, Philharmonic Hall, Liverpool
Gain without Pain: Workshop for Woodwind Players with Andrew Roberts

Tuesday 30 August, 2 – 4.30pm, RSNO, Glasgow
Help and Advice for Being a Healthy Performer with Dr Faith Gardner

For any Workshops queries, contact Diane Widdison, National Organiser – Education and Training at MU on diane.widdison@themu.org.

MUSICIANS INSIGHTS

Musicians Insights are an ‘In Conversation’ series of events raising awareness of key health issues for musicians. We’ll hear personal stories from musicians who have dealt with particular issues. The discussions will provide a better understanding of musicians’ individual situations and show about how various charities and services fit into the support network for musicians. Musicians Insights will be an informal yet informative platform to widen perceptions of what it means to be a professional musician, and throw some insight into what can be done to improve situations for the future.

All evenings are free to attend. Please click on the specific Musicians Insights events below for further information, including how to book. Spaces are limited so please ensure to book in advance.

Monday 8 August, 6.30pm – 9pm, Band On The Wall, Manchester

Thursday 11 August, 6.30pm – 9pm, Band On The Wall, Manchester

Monday 15 August, 6.30pm – 9pm, Cardiff

Wednesday 17 August, 6.30pm – 9pm, Glasgow

Thursday 18 August, 6.30pm – 9pm, London

Wednesday 24 August, 6.30pm – 9pm, London

For any Musicians Insights queries, contact Sarah Wainman, Events Officer at HMUK on events@helpmusicians.org.uk, or call 020 7239 9153