„Musicians' medicine does not pertain directly to the scope of SchlagZu. It is my own personal concern to call attention to this special field of medicine, because I know from my own experience how important and how unknown musician's medicine is. This is a purely informative service directed towards all musicians.“Andreas Regler
Musicians' medicine is a relatively „young“ area of expertise, of whose existence most professional and hobby musicians have never heard. The result is in many cases an often longstanding and unsuccessful search for competent help with disastrous results for health and profession.
The causes of musicians' illnesses are varied in nature: an overload or unequal load, exaggerated expectations, pressure to succeed, fear for one's existence and many more.
All instrument groups are equally affected: string players, brass players, percussionists, singers – with their respective, varied, specific and typical symptoms. Also according to age groups: the musicians who, for example, have played many years in the orchestra, as well as young students.
In case of emergency, it is of utmost importance to consult a doctor or therapist who is familiar with the special sensory, motoric and mental strain of musicians and can, if necessary, relate to the same.
Besides specialized medical care, there is a whole range of excellent preventive measures (i.e. mental training, special physiotheraputic exercises) for the „high-performance sport“ of professional musicians, in order to counteract the „hazards“.
For all who are affected, those who seek help or are interested, below a selection of links connecting to specialists in their fields:
Solo-Pauker im Münchner Rundfunkorchester, Mentaltrainer, Yogalehrer
Diplom-Sängerin und –Gesangspädagogin
Manuelle Stimmtherapie, Mitglied der Deutschen Gesellschaft für Musikphysiologie und Musikermedizin (DGfMM), Heilpraktikerin
Bettina von Uechtritz und Steinkirch
Psychologische Beratung für Studierende im Zentrum für Musikergesundheit der HfM Detmold
Deutsche Gesellschaft für Musikphysiologie und Musikermedizin (DGfMM)