Andrea Brachfeld in the USA has managed to cure herself of focal dystonia. And what is more, the writes and talks about it. The case she describes has all the classic features: perfectionism, emotional stress, over-practising and ignoring early warning signs. What is novel about her approach is the strong empahsis on emotional work, and practising finger movements without the flute itself. Here is the article.
It may be that Andrea’s approach does not work for everyone. To face one’s emotional challenges takes a lot of courage. But too many careers have been ruined so far, so it would be good to know the option is here. And, of course, we need cases as these described in medical litterature so the approach finds its way into the the medical profession. Any takers?
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