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Splinting for adaptation of musical instruments.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  16131739     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Classic instrument design does not always match the physical capacity of the musician, as instruments are often chosen because of the pleasing sound and not the ease of play. Devices that are commercially available to create a more ergonomic structure may not address the specific needs of a musician with a chronic condition. Through basic splinting of the musician with an injury, these physical stressors can be reduced, allowing the continuation of musical practice and performance. Appropriate design modification requires a solid understanding of upper extremity anatomy, splint design technique, and the biomechanic principles of playing the instrument. Through knowledge of music theory and appreciation, one may modify the instrument while protecting tonal flexibility, resonance, mechanical freedom, and sound quality. Two case studies present a range of splint design, from small to large, static to dynamic, and for congenital or chronic conditions.
Jennifer Boyette
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Case Reports; Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Work (Reading, Mass.)     Volume:  25     ISSN:  1051-9815     ISO Abbreviation:  Work     Publication Date:  2005  
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2005-08-31     Completed Date:  2005-12-06     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9204382     Medline TA:  Work     Country:  Netherlands    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  99-106     Citation Subset:  IM    
HealthSouth Shepherd Plaza, 2158 Portsmouth Road, Houston, TX 77098, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Adaptation, Physiological*
Hand Deformities, Congenital*
Pain / prevention & control*
Spasm / prevention & control*

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