[Dixielandjazz] Question On dystonia

Robert S. Ringwald ringwald at calweb.com
Mon Apr 21 08:49:01 PDT 2003

Over the past few months there has been several postings of Dystomia.  I
forwarded one to a a retired Psychiatrist friend, Bill Allport. He is quite
interested in hearing more on the subject, especially where it pertains to
horn players.

Please forward comments to him at billallport at lvcm.com

mr.wonderful at ringwald.com

> Interesting article Bob. Have been trying to figure out why such a thing
> of interest. What is it that a horn player gets that resembles dystonia.
> Muscle disorders of this nature have been around a long time.
> They became a real problem, for psychiatry,  in the early 1950's when
> antipsychotic drugs began to produce them as side effects. Before that
> they were rarely seen except as symptoms of  neurological diseases most
> often of unknown origin.
> Psychiatrist dealing with dystonias, parkinsonian rigidity and tremor,
> akathisia ( motor restlessness) and tardive dyskinesia (involuntary
> and twitching)  have used several drugs to counteract such problems.  In
> field of neurology, there are a number of specialized drugs to treat the
> whole spectrum of muscle disorders as well as stereotaxic surgery to
> the area of the brain that produced the symptoms of Parkinsonism when it
> one-sided, severe or debilitating. The technology has advanced to what you
> have mentioned i.e. inhibiting the brain through electrical stimulation
> I have not heard of it except in research protocols until now. Of course,
> I'm not exactly on the cutting edge of neurosurgical interventions.
> Bring me up to date on the 'horn player' thing.

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