A recovery guide for pianists with focal dystonia.
Recovery is possible
Did you know that recovery from musician's focal dystonia is possible? Good news...it is! Growing number of musicians have resolved focal dystonia symptoms and many who have, have done so by training.
This site is an attempt to share some of the self-training ideas and techniques that has been proven effective by me and some of my fellow MFD colleagues. Training requires a lot of patience, but by grasping few key ideas and by having some persistence, recovery is possible. It's about consciously working on freeing every little movement one micro step at a time. The key is to be observant and to learn a little bit about why you might be experiencing the symptoms, what really is going on and how to break down the steps and most important of all, have a free mind.
Would you like to train but need just a bit of guidance to start, or you have been experiencing some improvement in the past but feel stuck? Or things have gotten a whole lot better but there are some issues that you're having difficulty breaking through? The insights found on this site are pianistic by nature, but perhaps the principles can be applied to other instruments as well. This is only one of the numerous approaches out there, but I will be delighted if you can find something helpful for you.
Akiko Tsukamoto Trush, pianist and educator, is a survivor of musicians' focal dystonia. After being afflicted by focal dystonia in her senior year at music conservatory and had hit rock bottom, she gradually found ways to successfully self-train to full recovery and is now a practitioner based in Tokyo, Japan. Akiko also organizes a master mind group that consists musicians afflicted with focal dystonia, practitioners, researchers and medical professionals in Japan.