Focal Dystonia in Pipers – Management of the Condition Offers a Bleak Outlook

To recap: Musician’s Focal Dystonia (MFD), as experienced by pipers, is characterised by the inability to perform specific transitions from one note to another, the relevant finger (or fingers) refusing to carry out straightforward demands. First of all, it is quite definite that the affliction cannot be relieved by practice. This simply makes it more entrenched.  Medication: Attempts to treat MFD with medication have met with little success. Drugs such…

Focal Dystonia in Pipers – A Response to Rumours of Successful Management

Interest in Musician’s Focal Dystonia (MFD) has recently resurfaced in the light of articles in Piping Press and rumours of the condition’s successful management. The term ‘Piper’s Palsy’ which is sometimes used to describe MFD is a misnomer. Palsy implies paralysis and paralysis is not a feature of MFD MFD, as experienced by pipers, is characterised by the development of inability to perform specific transitions from one note to another….