I have suffered with focal dystonia for the past five years and it is starting to get better. It has been frustrating to say the least and I have spent countless hours and money seeing top specialists from across the country. No one was able to "cure" me of my ailment, until now. In the past two years I've been seeing a chiropractor/kinesiologist and my hand seems to be responding, I'm not sure if it is due my sessions or a strange coincidence. I was put on a special diet which I've mostly maintained for the past two years, and there is also an emotional component to his therapy. I'm happy that I can play most things now (around 95% most days). I recently gave a performance of the Ysaye Ballade which I had never performed!
My other option was to try botox, but it is expensive and lasts only 3 months then you need to get another shot. It is also a toxin that the government at one time feared terrorists were going to use in large quantities to kill people. Botox (botillinum toxin) is also what celebrities use for "removing" wrinkles - it actually temporarily stops the muscles from contracting which causes the wrinkles.
Are there any violinists who have also suffered from this unfortunate disorder?
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