Welcome to HANDS ON! ONLINE, the performance health newsletter for flutists. You can learn about The HANDS ON! Approach by reading the introductory article : 3 Basic Keys to Solving Problems
|Education and communication are the keys to finding solutions
to a deepening musicians health care epidemic. The purpose of the HANDS
ON! program is to focus on achievable goals by improving
awareness and providing information and direction on a variety of hand
problems for flutists.
Everyone has felt discomfort from playing the flute or knows someone who has. Whether a problem stems from small hands, an accident or flute related stress, the cause/effect cycle can be better understood and broken by separating the type of hand problems into these 3 root influences:
* POSTURE ~Bad hand position and posture are the
main cause of most hand problems. Through better teaching and awareness,
you can develop good habits and correct bad ones to solve most problems.
|* FLUTE ~Playing position on the flute is very
unforgiving on the body. Unlike most other instruments, such as the piano,
there are a variety of ways to adapt flutes to better fit a player's hands.
* HEALTH CARE ~Some conditions are unavoidable no matter what precautions are taken. Health professionals such as physical rehab physicians and neurologists are necessary to diagnose and treat serious conditions or cases involving non-music related trauma.
Musicians are athletes. Your hands needs as much maintenance and development as your tone quality. The articles here and to follow are to help you find direction to improve your relationship with your flute. ~