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Pianism Retraining via Video Conferencing as a Means of Assisting Recovery from Focal Dystonia: A Case Study

Rae de Lisle, Dale B. Speedy, John M.D. Thompson
From: Medical Problems of Performing Artists: Volume 25 Number 3: Page 126 (September 2010)

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Abstract: Focal dystonia (FD) is a devastating neurological condition which causes involuntary muscle contractions and often results in the loss of a musician's playing ability. Our study investigated whether retraining via video conferencing could be helpful in the treatment of a professional pianist with a 5-year history of FD. Although full recovery was not seen, improvement was observed at slow tempi, and his hand was visibly less cramped as training sessions progressed. We conclude that video conferencing could be an acceptable medium to assist pianism retraining in pianists with FD when location prevents on-site retraining. However, in this study it did not seem as effective as previously reported, similar, one-on-one retraining in the same location.

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