The Royal Society of Musicians and BAPAM are working together to present a series of health education workshops for musicians. This exciting series of workshops brings together bring specialist practitioners who are experts in the field of performing arts medicine and offers an opportunity for musicians to understand more about the range of health problems they might experience, how to prevent them and how to get help if it is needed.
Michael Mehta – osteopath has been working with student and professional musicians from his City of London practice for the last 18 years. A potential career path as a musician moved sideways into training in movement and performing professionally for 7 years. Experiencing first hand the need for physical rehabilitation and support for performers encouraged him to study osteopathy at the University College of Osteopathy. Michael has been working with BAPAM for the last decade and as an assessing clinician for the last 6 years.
There will be a practical element to this webinar where you can take part at home, applying the principles that apply to you and your instrument. Therefore, you will need some space to stand.
Mark began his medical training in Cambridge University. He then trained as a surgeon in south London.
Before becoming a consultant, Mark did fellowships in hand and wrist surgery (Queen Victoria Hospital, East Grinstead) and trauma in the University of Pisa, Italy.
Whilst the majority of his work is general hand and wrist surgery, much of which is related to sport and exercise, He has developed a particular interest in treating hand and wrist problems in musicians. He was very fortunate to inherit much of the hard work previously done by Mr John White and Mr Ian Winspur. Both of these surgeons had spent many years setting up specialist practices for looking after musicians.
As was their experience (and the experience of other hand surgeons in this field), surgical intervention is much less likely to be required in this subspecialty. Whilst many hand surgeons are happy to advise against surgery for about 80% of all their new patients and suggest other treatments, I find that for musicians in my practice this is more like 90% who are well advised to avoid surgery.
Mark is a keen amateur musician himself and plays trumpet and flugelhorn and performs in small jazz groups in South London.
The Royal Society of Musicians
RSM provides vital support to those whose lives have been affected by accident, illness, stress and anxiety. We work with UK-based musicians and their families throughout their careers and into retirement, giving help towards short-term needs as well providing support on a more long-term basis when required. RSM can help towards funding physical and emotional therapies, referrals to specialised practitioners and associated treatments, and potentially the provision of home adaptations or living expenses.
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Established 30 years ago, BAPAM is the largest provider of Performing Arts Medicine in the UK with coverage across the four nations and a growing Directory of over 200 approved clinicians, registered with BAPAM. We provide free clinical assessments for performers with health problems affecting their performing arts practice. In 2019, we provided occupational health support to over 2500 enquiries from performing artists, including 1200 clinical assessment appointments. Our support is focused on specialist clinical assessment to determine the correct diagnosis and best care pathway for a performer, providing clinical advice and referring onwards to experts in the field where necessary. In some cases we also able to provide ongoing mental health support. Regulated by the Care Quality Commission, we operate under robust clinical governance and quality assurance frameworks with leadership from our Board and Medical Committee. Performers generally access care via our Helpline, and our (non-clinical) Helpline operators advise on care options and arrange appointments according to approved protocols. We also run a health education programme with free sessions available online and bespoke sessions which can be booked for individual organisations. You can contacts us www.bapam.org.uk; firstname.lastname@example.org and 0207 404 8444.