Performing artists: musicians & actors

Musicians

Alison helps many musicians by diagnosing the cause of their injuries, assessing them with their instrument  rehabilitating them back to fitness and advising on furture injury prevention.  Where it is possible musicians should bring their instrument with them to the appointment. Ergonomic assessments can also be carried out in a performance space. Musicians have busy schedules and she can arrange private MRI  scans and xrays where necessary so as to get a diagnosis quickly and get them back to performing as soon as possible. 

Performing Artists at Hammersmith Osteopath

Osteopathy For The Voice 


Singers and Actors

Performers need their voice to be agile, the delicate muscles surrounding the vocal cords need to be balanced as do the muscles of breathing.  The voice can also be affected by other mechanical strains in the body.   Alison will do a full assessment to establish the cause.  If it is due to a mechanical strain then osteopathic treatment can help or osteopathy can help with rehabilitation back to fitness after other treatment is necessary such as surgery. Alison works with both Professional and Amateur Singers and Actors to help them carry on working without injury. She has undertaken specialist training in Laryngeal Manipulation and Performing Arts Medicine.


Teachers, Presenters, Business Speakers

With a busy schedule and often a stressful environment teachers and public speakers often aren't aware that they are straining the voice and body and teachers in particular often end up damaging the voice. 

Some of the symptoms you may experience with voice problems

Tightness in throat
Voice cutting out at points
Restriction in chest
Back or neck pain
Alteration in quality of voice
Breathing Problems

It is of course always important to check that voice problems are not due to a more pathological cause for which further medical investigations may be necessary.  Alison's always carry's out a full examination and will assess your condition if you need further examinations or medical tests she will refer you to the most appropriate specialist.

Actors

Actors often have to wear heavy costumes, work in akward poses and carry heavy props all this can cause strain.  Alison can help with treating the cause of the injury and with advising on injury prevention.

Camera Men and other Production Staff

The use of cameras can cause strain to the neck and back leading to nerve impingement, pain and tingling in the shoulders, arms and hands.  Any symptoms experienced should be addressed as soon as possible to prevent long term damage.

Alison offers:

Consultations for Advice on Posture and Injury Prevention
Understanding of the needs of Performing Artists
Advice/ Treament for professional and Amateur Performers
Treatment for singers with muscular / joint strain affecting the voice
Specialist Laryngeal Manipulation for voice problems
Speedy referrals for MRI scans and xrays where necessary