As a former classical musician, I completed a Bachelor of Music in Performance at the University of Toronto before going on to study at the Conservatory of Music in Quebec City. During this time I played professionally with various smaller orchestras in the province as well as with the Quebec Symphony Orchestra.
During my studies, I experienced a serious injury (focal dystonia) that would eventually end my musical career. As I was navigating the waters of finding help for my injury, I encountered many roadblocks including lack of understanding from both the musical community and medical community, a pervasive attitude of "she must just not be strong enough," and scarcity of education on what it means to rely on one's body to play an instrument for several hours daily.
My goal in treating musicians in Victoria is therefore to bridge the gap between the musical and medical communities by providing treatment that is based on both an intimate knowledge of the requirements of being a musician and a solid understanding of the science of injury.
Injuries Treated at PCR
To write an exhaustive list of the injuries I treat would be daunting and I would invariably leave something out so let me just say this.... if it causes you discomfort it is very likely that I can treat it. This includes the spine and conditions that involve neural or vascular symptoms (numbness, tingling, cold or throbbing hands while playing).
If you're not sure, please ask! I'm happy to hear from you and if I can't treat your condition I may know someone who can!
The PCR difference
At PCR your initial visit will involve, among other things, taking a detailed history of your injury/pain, observing your posture with and without your instrument(s), assessing your body for proper neuromuscular functioning, and a review of your upcoming obligations to assess how we will manage them.
Subsequent to this assessment and depending on the type, stage, and severity of your injury, I may apply different rehabilitative techniques to treat your condition. These may include manual therapies such as massage techniques, joint mobilizations, myofascial release, and/or muscle energy techniques, as well as postural adjustments and rehabilitative exercise. At every step of the way I will educate you on your injury so that you are an active participant in the rehab process, and together we will decide how best to manage your playing obligations until you are back to playing painfree with ease.
You can also expect to be educated on what is necessary to prevent another injury occurance in the future (see the section on "Prehab.") That's why I like to say that my goal is to get you back to doing what you love to do in even better shape than before you got injured!
"Prehab" - Injury Prevention Programs
One feature which sets athletic therapists apart is our focus on injury prevention, or as we like to call it "prehab." Come in for an assessment of your playing, posture, and muscular function to reduce the likelihood of sustaining an injury in the future. I may prescribe lifestyle, postural, or mechanical modification, and/or maintenance exercise so that you can experience longevity in both your life and musical career.