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Fit as a Fiddle: The Musician's Guide to Playing Healthy / Edition 1

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Instrumental musicians can and do develop many physical problems that interfere with making music. Fit as a Fiddle is written by an international authority in musicians' medicine who is also a symphonic musician and teacher. It provides current and important health-related information for all instrumentalists, presented in a highly readable fashion. A section on basic body structure and function, written without medical Jargon, sets the stage for subsequent chapters, which discuss disorders caused by playing music, including overuse, muscle strain, and tendinitis. A variety of conditions common to mature performers and teachers, especially carpal tunnel syndrome, arthritis, and hearing loss, are also covered. Each chapter provides advice to both musicians and music teachers for recognizing problems, seeking medical care, and choosing treatment strategies. Information on alternate care disciplines, such as Alexander Technique and accupuncture, as well as on rehabilitation and prevention of both common and uncommon conditions that can interfere with practice and performance is also provided. The book contains a helpful glossary of medical terms, both familiar and unfamiliar. Fit as a Fiddle is written for instrumental musicians of various ages and experience levels, as well as their teachers from primary to conservatory level.

About the Author:
William J. Dawson is currently associate professor emeritus of orthopedic surgery, Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern University, Chicago, IL

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Editorial Reviews

American Music Teacher
The chapters describing the physiology of our bones and joints, muscles and tendons, and the nervous system and the definitions and descriptions of tendinitis, carpal tunnel and arthritis are well-organized, written in layman's terms and easy to understand. Dr. Dawson also addresses the physical issues faced by the aging musician who wishes to continue playing: a discussion not often seen in print....the extensive glossary of terms and lists of web resources and suggestions for further reading are very valuable.
— 11/1/08
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781578866847
  • Publisher: R&L Education
  • Publication date: 11/5/2007
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 174
  • Sales rank: 1,314,038
  • Product dimensions: 5.54 (w) x 8.49 (h) x 0.51 (d)

Meet the Author

William J. Dawson, a retired hand surgeon, is president of the Performing Arts Medicine Association and is a member of the editorial board of its journal. He also is a symphonic bassoonist and private instrumental teacher who serves as medical consultant to the International Double Reed Society and the Association of Concert Bands. He is currently associate professor Emeritus of Orthopaedic Surgery, Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern University.

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Table of Contents

Foreword   Frederick L. Hemke     v
Acknowledgments     vii
Introduction     ix
Playing with Pain     1
Some Basics of Structure and Function     13
Teacher and Student     23
Overuse     31
Tendinitis and Tenosynovitis     49
Carpal Tunnel and Other Nerve Problems     55
Arthritis and Other Problems of the Mature Musician     71
Hand Injury (Trauma)     85
Treatment Alternatives     95
Getting Back to Music (Rehabilitation)     107
Keeping Your "Equipment" in Shape     119
Web Resources     141
Glossary of Terms     143
Index     151
About the Author     157
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