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Could the Addition of Alexander Technique Improve the Effectiveness of Physical Therapy in Reducing Violinists' Neck Pain in Comparison to Physical Therapy Alone?

Arman Taheri, Mahbod Lajevardi, Sanaz Shabani, Sara Emami, Hassan Sharifi
From: Medical Problems of Performing Artists: Volume 32 Number 1: Page 60 (March 2017)

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Abstract: One hypothesis for the mechanism of neck pain in musicians, particularly string players, is changed behavior of the superficial neck flexor muscles and impairment of the cervical stabilization system. To restore the supporting capacity of neck muscles and reduce neck pain, various types of physical therapies and pain educational modalities have been recommended. However, considering the physio-psychological nature of violinists' neck pain, its treatment may benefit from addition of therapies that address postural and movement habits. In this regard, we suggest that management of violinists' neck pain might benefit from additional approaches that may help to decrease muscle overactivity during performance movements.
https://doi.org/10.21091/mppa.2017.1010

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