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Elizabeth Andrews Lecture

24 May 1999

ELIZABETH ANDREWS (UK) BSc Hons, DC MMCA, LGSM, FRSA will be lecturing on HEALTHY PRACTICE for MUSICIANS on Monday 24 May, 7:30 p.m. in the Adam Concert Room, Victoria University of Wellington

She will discuss:
Fitness to play
Does sports medicine fit musicians?
Building rehabilitation ladders
Mid-concert self-help
The positive use of stress - guidance for teachers
The gap in musicians' and doctors' knowledge - the need for partnership between experts

"Her advice is first-rate and comes from great, first-hand experience and much study and an all-encompassing mind." (Yehudi Menuhin)

Entry $10
(AMANZ/SMNZ Members & Unwaged $5)

Elizabeth Andrews (BSc Hons, DC MMCA, LGSM, FRSA) is a specialist chiropractor for musicians.

Her two careers have given her enormous insight into the needs of practising musicians, particularly their physical stresses and strains, and she is a firm believer in self-help and prevention.

As Elizabeth Polunin she began late on both piano and violin, she changed to viola at 17 and for five years was the only pupil of Peter Schidlof of the Amadeus Quartet. This led her to an ensemble with Jacqueline du PrT and Peter Thomas under William Pleeth. She then beame principal for Ballet Rambert and the Capriole Orchestra, and subsequently was offered the same position with Znrcher Kammerorkest. She played for Nederlands Kamerorkest for two years and in 1969 won the British Council Post-graduate one-year instrumental scholarship to the Moscow Conservatorium,where she studied with the violist of the Beethoven Quartet.

On her return she freelanced with most London chamber orchestras and West End shows, she taught violin and viola at various public schools and joined the resident quartet for Waltham Forest. She was a member of the London Bach Orchestra for 18 years.

Elizabeth Andrews has studied remedial and sports massage, reflexology, cranial osteopathy and Vega homeopathy, but her main interests lie with applied kinesiology and various types of chiropractic. She was invitied to be trackside therapist for the Nottingham six-day ultra marathon, after which she published Muscle management (Thorson/Harper Collins), and she has taken part in several exchange visits to Moscow, Kiev and St Petersburg to demonstrate applied kinesiology and chiropractic.

She has a BSc in chiropractic and psychology and was Chair of both the Post-graduate Continuing Development Committee and the McTimoney Chiropractic Association.

She has lectured extensively on chiropractic and applied kinesiology - ILEA, McTimoney Chiropractic College, trainee GPs at Hammersmith Hospital, London and various health hydros; on musicians' injuries, self-help and prevention at Anglo-European College of Chiropractic, Royal Society of Musicians, Incorporated Society of Musicians, Yehudi Menuhin School, Purcell School, Royal College of Music, European String Teachers' Association Summer School.

She has written articles for Journal of Alternative and Contemporary Medicine and with Anthea Courtenay is currently co-authoring 'The Essentials of McTimoney Chiropractic' for Harper Collins. She also currently writes a column on Self-Help for Musicians for Classical Music Magazine.

In her free time she enjoys gardening, walking and painting.

Ms Andrews' book HEALTHY PRACTICE FOR MUSICIANS, Rhinegold Publishing Limited
ISBN 0 946890 73 0, is a significant resource and covers the following contents:

Author's preface
Foreword by Lord Menuhin OM KBE

Chapter 1 - Introduction
Musicians' expectations and attitudes; The purpose of the book; How to use the book; Standard medical treatment; Alternative and Complementary disciplines; Visiting a practitioner; Self-help; Five-minute wonders.

Chapter 2 - Musician versus Instrument I
Fitness to play; Freaks, facts and fallacies; Physique, beginners methods and prostheses; Teachers and selection; Ossification; How you grow; Muscles and joints; Posture, imagineering and mirror-imaging.

Chapter 3 - Musician versus Instrument II
Memory, sight-reading and practice; Excess cold and heat; Skin problems; Calluses and varicosity.

Chapter 4 - Above the Shoulders

Eyes: how they work; Spotlights; Driving; Bates eye exercises and nutrition; Pinhole glasses; AK visual help; Near/far vision defects; Dyslexia. Ears: how they work; Pitch, range and volume; Shields and ear plugs; Tinnitus. The neck, mouth and tongue: The teeth and jaws; Dental and orthodontic treatment.

Chapter 5 - Musician versus Environment
Chairs and sloping floors; Travelling - cars, coaches and planes; Jet lag and travel sickness; Innoculations; Late nights and early starts; Formal dress and heels; Touring kits; Room sharing and strange beds; Planning leisure on tour; Carrying cases; How not to get mugged.

Chapter 6 - Food Matters
Optimum diet and quality food; Weight gain and loss; Re-education; Vitamins and minerals; E numbers; What is good digestion? Cholesterol; Acid and alkaline; Ileo-caecal Valve Syndrome; Allergies and food sensitivities; Testing and de-sensitisation; Addiction; 'A pill for every ill', and side effects of common OTC drugs; More about homeopathy; Selye, Lindlahr and naturopathy; Water; Fasting.

Chapter 7 - Musician versus Emotions I
Communication, Stage fright; Helpful and unhelpful language; Criticism, recordings and perfectionism; Long- and short-term self-help; Psycho-regulation; Visualisation and neuro-linguistic programming; Behavioural barometer; Affirmations and self-talk; Psychological reversal; Phobias; Short-term stress remedies; Burn out and saying 'No'.

Chapter 8 - Musicians versus Emotions II
Other people 1 and 2; 101st Messiah; Personal relationships; Blame; Time and emotion study; Being tired all the time; Pick-me-ups; Negotiating; Practising; Psychosomatic aches and pains; Feel-good factors.

Chapter 9 - The Physical Nitty-Gritty
How the arm works, down to the fingers; Agonists, antagonists, synergists and stabilisers; Sway, tension, balance and muscle-tone; Ligaments; Proprioception; Normal range of movement; Arm supplies; Nerve impingement and other common conditions; Sciatic nerve; Arthritis.

Chapter 10 - Testing what's Wrong
Introduction to the concept of muscle testing; How to test muscles; Assessing the problem; Which muscle? Pitfalls to avoid; Indicator muscles; Abbreviations.

Chapter 11 - Muscles of the Face, Neck and Jaw

Chapter 12 - Muscles of the Shoulder, Upper Arm and Elbow

Chapter 13 - Muscles of the Forearm, Wrist and Hand

Chapter 14 - Muscles of the Abdomen, Back, and other Postural Muscles

Chapter 15 - More useful Techniques
Emergency mic-concert self-help; Warm-up and warm-down; Stretching without tears; Keeping fit; Types of massage; Anti-cramp; Hypertonic muscles; Origin/insertion and spindle cell techniques; Reactive muscles; Pain chasing; Aerobic/anaerobic; Injury reversal technique; Spontaneous positional release; Scars; Carpal and Guyon tunnel syndromes; Meridian running; Other useful acu-points; Right/left brain coordination; Reflexology points; Rehabilitation ladders.


Reviews of "Healthy Practice for Musicians" by Elizabeth Andrews (BSc Hons, DC MMCA, LGSM, FRSA)

"This book will remain without doubt the reference book not only for musicians but for people in general who have aches and pains which may be tolerable or do not impede their daily life but become intolerable when perfection and absolute balance of mind and body, of limb, of ear and eye are indispensable. I would give this book my full and heartfelt endorsement as one of the most important gifts for all our colleagues."

"The various sections are well laid out, highlighting every imaginable problem and practical ways of dealing with them. -- All in all this is a riveting book and has encouraged me to begin Bates eye exercises!"

"The chapter on food and diet is a masterly decanting of medical attitudes to nutrition. -- The two chapters on coping with emotions make indispensable reading for musicians with their clear advice on communication and relaxation. -- The information on the physical 'nitty-gritty' is remarkable. -- It provides an excellent background for a specific text on piano playing. -- All in all, an excellently written book with clear, succinct sentences and a constant preoccupation with applied scientific method."

"Elizabeth Andrews receommends that students learn about themselves using the basics of anatomy, physiology, ergonomics, nutrition, personal and group social skills so as to, ' . . . prolong and glory in musical life.' She has handled all of these in her book with knowledge, common sense and skill."
ENID WOOD in Health and the Suzuki Family

"Her advice is first-rate and comes from great, first-hand experience and much study and an all-encompassing mind."

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