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TSFD and “hard wired addictions”

This post is one of a series of posts related to my own experience with tackling Task Specific Focal Dystonia (TSFD) which affects my right hand. These posts are a reflection of my own thoughts, feelings and progress in overcoming this disorder. The range of issues that are coming under scrutiny due to TSFD is becoming more and more […]

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TSFD: retraining the body

These strategies are in no order of importance.
The body

Important Disclaimer
Please note that these ideas are a result of my own thinking and what I have learned about my own Task Specific Focal Dystonia.
The process of thinking about and understanding  TSFD is by no means finished. By extension, these strategies are an unfinished work and will […]

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TSFD: retraining and playing.

These strategies are in no order of importance.
The instrument & execution

Important Disclaimer
Please note that these ideas are a result of my own thinking and what I have learned about my own Task Specific Focal Dystonia.
The process of thinking about and understanding  TSFD is by no means finished. By extension, these strategies are an unfinished work […]

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TSFD: Retraining the mind

These strategies are in no order of importance.
The mind (and the heart)

Important Disclaimer
Please note that these ideas are a result of my own thinking and what I have learned about my own Task Specific Focal Dystonia.
The process of thinking about and understanding  TSFD is by no means finished. By extension, these strategies are an unfinished […]

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Task Specific Focal Dystonia: my examples

This post is the fifth in the series “Task Specific Focal Dystonia” .  The first was my discovery of the syndrome. Next came a very short selection of some of the literature that I read – I spent weeks searching for scientific and medical literature as well as first hand accounts. Other frst hand accounts […]

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Dr. Joaquin Farias

Here is the  testimonial Iwrote for Joaquin Farias at www.focaldystonia.net/.
Dr. Joaquin Farias is highly competent, highly educated and an extremely good listener. Not only clear, logical and open-minded: he was a paradigm of discretion. I immediately felt relaxed in his presence despite knowing that my playing had totally collapsed.
My initial fears that these seminars might […]

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Discovering Task Specific Focal Dystonia

In eight hours of one to one seminars I learned more about me and my music playing than in thirty years of actually playing. And some of those thirty years were as a professional musician.
Before my visit, I knew that there was something wrong. I was practising morning and evening. I was concentrating on relaxation, breathing and good posture. I was […]

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Task Specific Focal Dystonia – literature

In order to further understand Focal Dystonia I have scoured the web.  There is some carefully written literature on the subject as well as practitioners that offer help with the syndrome. To assist my own understanding I have selected the most relevant of the resources on the and provided a summary of the work […]

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Task Specific Focal Dystonia

I have been diagnosed with Focal Dystonia and after spending hours and hours researching I agree with the diagnosis.
Essentially, focal dystonia is an involuntary movement of one or more fingers. In short, I cannot play and have not been able to play for a considerable amount of time. Despite all efforts (and considerable efforts) to […]

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