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Wilfrid Laurier University Faculty of  Music
April 16, 2014
 
 
Canadian Excellence

RobynneMadillTennant

An Investigation of the Impact of Physical Therapy for Students in Music Study



Robynne Tennant, Principal Investigator

Musicians are highly susceptible to physical injury. The combination of repetition in practice with the stress and anxiety of public scrutiny in performance leads often to a lifelong career of playing with an injury or with chronic pain. There are a number of treatments administered, including the use of anti-inflammatory and pain reducing drugs prescribed through traditional medical practice. Physical re-education through such practices as Tai Chi, yoga, Alexander Technique, regular stretching, or dance classes may all prove helpful. However, little research has been done on the effects of regular massage and acupuncture therapy as a means of treating injury and pain, or as a means to prevent injury. The overall goal of this study is to apply these means of physical therapy, and through the treatments assist young musicians in correcting posture, and incorporating healthy physical practice as part of their daily routine.

"Correlations contrary to original assumption regarding preference of
treatment show acupuncture to be of greater interest within the student body
than either massage or remedial exercise. Is this a new generation's open
acceptance to older methods of healing, related more to an open minded
student body or due to the cultural background of this specific group of
students? Is it co-incidence that more and more therapists of massage,
chiropractic and physiotherapy fields in our region are incorporating
acupuncture into their clinical practice? Data examining recovery rates
continues to be reviewed for statistical significance."

In partnership with the Canadian College of Massage and Hydrotherapy and the College of Acupuncture and Therapeutics, the Laurier Centre for Music in the Community (LcMc) undertakes this study of the treatment of repetitive pain in undergraduate performers in the Faculty of Music.

Phase 1 complete. Phase 2 underway.