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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

BAPAM Training Day, May 21, Manchester

Wednesday, March 23rd, 2016

Saturday May 21, 09.30 – 16.30

Kraak – 11 Stevenson Square, Manchester M1 1DB

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Click here to book your place now

Our Performing Arts Medicine Training Days are ideal for healthcare professionals and others engaged in performing arts welfare who want to develop their skills in this fascinating specialism.

Chantel McGregor, Guitar

The main theme of the forthcoming BAPAM Training Day is Guitar Playing.

This is a great opportunity to learn from peers, make connections and share unique insights. We’ll be joined by expert clinicians, researchers and professional guitarists to demonstrate playing and technique as well as join our Q&A panel.

The programme for the day is currently being finalised, but will include:

Morning session:

Dr Alan Watson, Reader in Anatomy, Cardiff University. Anatomy of the wrist, hand and fingers particularly in relation to guitar playing.

Virginia Whiteley, Physiotherapist, Leeds. Guitarists’ musculoskeletal problems and their treatment.

Dominique Royle, Physiotherapist, Cornwall. Self help strategies and injury prevention for guitarists.

Chantel McGregor, Rock guitarist. Practical demonstration of guitar playing and technique.

Afternoon session:

Closed session for BAPAM Clinicians (focus on Regional/AMABO doctors).

Parellel session –  Q&A with rock musicians on lifestyle issues.

Research presentations from students completing the MSc in Performing Arts Medicine at UCL.

Tickets cost £120

BAPAM Registered Practitioners: £90
BAPAM colleagues and Assessing Clinicians: £50
UCL Performing Arts Medicine students: Free

Click here to book your place now

If you prefer to book your place offline, please call us on 020 7404 5888.

Workshop: An Introduction to Autogenic Mindful Relaxation for Performing Artists

Friday, March 11th, 2016

On Saturday 7 May, Giovanna Reitano will hold a workshop suitable for all performers who are interested in learning mind-body relaxation skills.

Date: Saturday 7 May 2016, 10:30 am to 1:30 pm

Venue: St Michael & All Angels, Bath Road, London, W4 1TT

Fee: £35

Info: This workshop gives an insight on Autogenic Training, and on how autogenic practice can be used for self-awareness and exploration, and as a tool to reduce performance-related distress or symptoms. The workshop is designed for performers who are interested in learning mind-body relaxation skills for self-development, and to enhance their performance.

Workshop Leader: Giovanna Reitano, Psychotherapeutic Counsellor and Autogenic Trainer with background in Music Performance and Applied Theatre. Giovanna’s work with performers focuses on the use of relaxation techniques to prevent and reduce performance-related stress.

Booking: Please note that the booking deadline is 18th March. For more information and for bookings, please email Giovanna, who is organising this event as an independent practitioner – autogenic-training@musarteandmore.com

Choosing a Psychotherapist or Counsellor

Thursday, February 18th, 2016

Ours is an industry that puts intense pressure on individuals. People working and studying in the performing arts frequently consult BAPAM clinicians about a wide range of psychological problems affecting their careers. Often, simple management advice and psychological self-care are enough to empower people to beat problems and achieve their goals, but sometimes it is helpful to seek further expert help from a psychotherapist or counsellor. Dr Carol Chapman, Counselling Psychologist and Performance Coach, has authored our new BAPAM Factsheet, Choosing a Psychotherapist or Counsellor, to assist people who are deciding on the most appropriate practitioner to see.

We also include links to excellent resources produced by Mind who provide advice and support to empower anyone experiencing a mental health problem.

If you are experiencing a mental health problem you should always consult your NHS GP. BAPAM clinicians can also advise performing arts professionals and students about psychological issues relating to their work.

Resources: 

Choosing a Psychotherapist or Counsellor

I Can’t Go On: Managing Performance Anxiety (Stage Fright)

Psychological Self-Care

 

INSIGHTS Day

Monday, November 23rd, 2015

BAPAM Healthy Performance Education Programme Launch

Our INSIGHTS Day aims to help performers, teachers, students, arts organisations, healthcare practitioners and employers optimise & inspire healthy performance practice. 

London, Saturday 5 March 2016 

Injury prevention
Networks
Stress management
Instrumental technique
Good practice
Health
Teaching
Success

Our growing network of performing arts medicine practitioners and trainers, and the expertise gained through our clinical work puts us in a unique position to share essential advice and techniques for healthy and successful careers throughout the performing arts community. Our INSIGHTS Day launches our education programme with a day of talks and workshops focusing on vital knowledge and skills. Early Bird tickets are now on sale for £45 (full price £85). Musicians’ Union members will always pay the lower rate. Sessions throughout the day will explore key topics including:

Drusilla Redman, Physiotherapist (BAPAM and Guildhall School of Music and Drama)  The performer’s body: Posture and musculoskeletal health, warm-up and cool-down routines.

Sarah Upjohn, Physiotherapist (BAPAM and Purcell School) Are you sitting comfortably? A workshop for instrumentalists who need to switch between sitting and standing positions. 

Paul Sogaard, Guitarist and Teacher  Ergonomics of the guitar. A holistic approach to practice and performance including advice on posture, left and right hand technique, Alexander Technique in guitar playing, and issues for acoustic and electric guitar players.

Penelope Roskell, Pianist and Teacher (Trinity College of Music). Piano performance advice and techniques.

Karen O’Connor, Performance Coach. Techniques for performance enhancement and performance anxiety management.

Giovanna Reitano, Trainer and Counsellor. An introduction to Autogenic Training for performing artists

Alison Loram, Violinist, Scientist, Alexander Technique Teacher. Realising potential in performance: An introduction to the Alexander Technique

Jenevora Williams, Vocal coach and singer. Vocal health for voice users: healthy voice functioning, and how things may go wrong. Some simple remedies and exercises will be explored, as well as ways of preventing future voice problems.

Jane Oakland, Music psychologist and singer. Managing the transition from performance student to professional performer. 

‘Ask the expert’ sessions with practitioners in this field.

The INSIGHTS Day will be held at the Musicians’ Union, 60 – 62 Clapham Road, SW9 0JJ London.

Advance booking is essential. Early bird tickets are available now at www.insightsday.eventbrite.co.uk

Early Bird tickets: £45 (available until 26 January)
Full price: £85
Students: £55

Lunch and materials are included in the ticket price.

Our ticket prices are designed to make BAPAM events accessible. Additional donations greatly help us to continue to provide our support services for performers.

We are grateful to the Musicians’ Union for supporting this event.

If you’d like to find out more about arranging a bespoke BAPAM training event for individuals or organisations, please take a look at our Education and Training Information and Enquiries Pack.

Health & Wellbeing Week 2015

Wednesday, July 22nd, 2015

The Musicians’ Union are hosting the third annual Health & Wellbeing Week in association with BAPAM and Help Musicians UK from Monday 10 August 2015. The workshops will be covering a range of key topics including performance anxiety, hearing loss and prevention, vocal wellbeing, how to survive as a touring musician, yoga techniques for relaxation and much more on how to look after yourself as a professional musician.

Held in London, Manchester and Birmingham, these sessions are free for MU members or £10 payable on the day for non-members. Spaces are limited so please ensure to book in advance.

For further information regarding the sessions, including how to book, please visit the Musicians’ Union Eventbrite page, which will be constantly updated.

New and Updated Health Information Factsheets

Wednesday, January 21st, 2015

We know that a career in the performing arts can be physically and psychologically tough. Whether you’re on stage or behind the scenes, it takes a lot to keep the show on the road. BAPAM helps many people overcome health challenges that arise while they are working or studying in our industry.

Our free online Factsheets are designed to help you look after yourself and perform at your peak. They include advice about preparing for performance, from physical warm-ups to psychological self-care, coping with anxiety and challenging working conditions, caring for your voice, hearing, taking care of nutrition and alcohol consumption.

Click here for all of our Factsheets.

These materials are a developing resource, as we bring the expertise gained through our clinical practice and Trainer Network to focus on making key information available to all performing arts professionals and students. Look out for new BAPAM health resources throughout 2015 and please get in touch with Information Officer, Dan Hayhurst (dan@bapam.org.uk), with any comments and suggestions.

BAPAM Warm Ups Leaflet

Our Warm-up Exercises for Musicians pocket-sized leaflet is just one of our updated health resources

Event Report: British Tinnitus Association Conference September 2014

Tuesday, December 23rd, 2014

Dr Anita Nathan, NHS GP and BAPAM Clinician reports from the BTA conference 2014 

The British Tinnitus Association (BTA) is the leading source of information about tinnitus in the UK. All patients contacting BAPAM with concerns about the condition are advised to contact the BTA and investigate their many excellent publications. BAPAM’s recently updated Factsheet on hearing, Don’t Lose the Music, also highlights the BTA as a vital resource.

I attended their fascinating conference, held in September 2014 at the British Library Conference Centre in London. This short report summarises a few key points of particular interest to BAPAM clinicians and performing arts medicine specialists.

In an overview of the highlights of recent research into tinnitus, we heard about a trial of MDMA assisted psychotherapy for tinnitus, investigations into neural plasticity and multisensory processing, ‘residual inhibition’ (a brief suppression of tinnitus sounds after an offset (i.e. a presentation) of an external sound), and the way that sound therapy depends on the degree of hearing loss associated with tinnitus.

Investigations have been made into the effects of amplification with hearing aids in tinnitus patients with a co-existing mild to moderate hearing loss. One trial found that a hearing aid had an equal effect to a sound generator. Hearing aids can act as both noise generators and amplifiers for tinnitus treatment. Some early trial results suggest positive results from low level input from hearing aids for tinnitus sufferers without any hearing loss.

Some research suggests that stress may be a more significant factor in tinnitus than other causes (such as hearing loss and noise exposure). Cortisol, which is a marker for stress, affects hearing. Trials are ongoing into mindfulness based stress reduction approaches to managing tinnitus.

People with severe tinnitus have chronically higher basal cortisol levels than those with less severe symptoms and people without tinnitus.

A number of systematic reviews have shown the efficacy of CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy).

Both avoidant coping and active coping mechanisms can seem to worsen tinnitus so it is necessary to find a balance. Increasing age is associated with increasing tinnitus annoyance.

GPs and assessing clinicians need to be aware that the first contact with someone suffering from tinnitus is very important. Catastrophic thinking worsens tinnitus so think carefully about giving the advice ‘learn to live with it’. Audiology-led tinnitus services seem to be the way forward, with an ENT opinion sought afterwards if necessary. There are shorter waiting times, less anxiety for the patient, and all initial investigations can be done by the audiology team.

All tinnitus patients should be given a hearing test to find out if they have hearing loss.

The BTA’s own Conference Reports from 2010 – 2013 can be found on their website here: http://tinnitus.org.uk/conference-reports.