I am super excited to invite you to join our Masterful Musicians group – https://www.facebook.com/groups/themasterfulmusician/
I’m so excited that this group has started. This has been a dream of mine for a very long time.
This group is for musicians that are dealing with injuries, that have dealt with an injury in the past, looking to prevent an injury – maybe you’re on your path to healing, and your journey to healing an injury – for those people that are really just looking for wellness tips that don’t have an injury, haven’t had one yet, but really want to prevent one in the future.
As we all know, most musicians at some point in time will sustain an injury. I think the statistics are like nine out of 10. That’s pretty high, and you are an athlete. You’re not running around catching balls and being tackled, but you are trained.
You need to sit at an instrument that can torture your body into these crazy positions for hours at a day. You are setting yourself up for injury in that respect, so it’s important to know certain things that you can do to prevent injuries in the first place.
That’s why I’m super excited to have this group. My first degree is in music performance,. Iwas a professional flute player. I had my own injuries that stopped me from playing. So I’ve been there. I’ve been a musician with injuries.
I’ve gone through the healthcare system to try to get better and deal with my injuries. I did have to start playing, and I ended up going down the healthcare path.
Now I have this wealth of knowledge from all of my previous experience as a musician and as an intern musician, but also from a therapy perspective. No one knows what I know now back then. I could have prevented a lot of things that happened with me.
My goal and my passion is to make sure that musicians have the tools and the knowledge so that they don’t have to go through what I went through, and that they are empowered to know the right things and know the right questions to ask and know the right things to do to keep themselves healthy so that they can have a long career.
I have specialized in treatment of the injuries in the upper extremity for the past 20 years, and I was primarily in an outpatient setting orthopedic setting. We did see some musicians. We had a musicians clinic, but we didn’t have the amount of time to really spend with musicians.
Now that I have my own clinic, I can really pursue my dream, which is why I went into OT in the first place – to work with and specialized in musicians. I love hands and I love post-op trauma stuff I do. I absolutely love it, and I still treat it.
But now I can focus on working with musicians because I have the time, having my own practice, and I think it’s going to be great fun.
The goal for this group is to post questions, bring your ideas and thoughts to the table. Yes, I have 20 years of experience, but I don’t know everything. Every day you learn something new, and everybody’s experience is different.
This group has to be a place of support for one another. It’s okay to come and say, “Hey, I’m a musician and I have an injury,” because a lot of musicians don’t want to even talk about that.
The bottom line is, like I said, You’re going to probably end up with an injury at some point in time, and the goal is to make it as minimal as possible and hopefully prevent them in the first place.
So what may work for one person may not work for another person. The key is to be respectful of everybody’s experiences. There’s no judgment; this is a judgment free zone. I want you to just be comfortable to share, I want you to be comfortable to ask questions.
If there’s certain things that you want to learn more about, a certain diagnosis or anything like that, I’m more than happy to dig into that with you. I do have some limitations in terms of my licensure. I’m licensed in Connecticut, so I cannot give you specific medical advice.
This is not not a group meant for medical advice; it’s a group meant for education support. I can point you in the right direction and help you find somebody in your area that can hopefully help you, and we can work out things in that respect, but the goal is to really support each other
Knowledge is power. The more you know, the better for you, and that’s my goal.
So please comment, please interact with each other. What we get out of this group is going to be based on everybody interacting with each other and helping each other out. I look forward to talking with everybody.