Health and Wellness

The AVS Health and Wellness Committee has collected the following list of resources for anyone who might be concerned about injury, avoiding injury, treatment options (places and professionals), healing, and long-term maintenance. The Health and Wellness Committee invites users to propose additions to the lists below. The entries are grouped as web links, videos, and selected books and articles.

The AVS disclaims any responsibility for the content, information, or the privacy and security policies on the websites listed below, and does not exert any editorial or other control over those sites. The content below is not intended to be used for medical diagnosis or treatment or as a substitute for professional medical advice. The AVS does not guarantee the accuracy, completeness, or timeliness of any information presented in the resources listed below.

Web Links to Clinics, Workshops, Programs, Services and Techniques

Michael Kimber - Finding a Healthy Setup on Violin and Viola

Performing Arts Medicine Association

The Center for the Performing Artist at Weill Cornell Medical College

Brigham and Women’s Hospital Performing Arts Clinic

The Actors Fund Performing Artists Medical Clinic

Cleveland Clinic Center for Performing Artists

Virginia Mason Clinic for Performing Artists

Houston Methodist Center for Performing Arts Medicine

Performing Artist’ Health Clinic

Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago Performing Arts Medicine

Good Shepherd Performing Arts Rehabilitation Center

Performing Arts Occupational Therapy

University of Michigan Performing Arts Injury Clinic

Texas Center for Music & Medicine

The Feldenkrais Method

The Complete Guide to the Alexander Technique

Alice Brandfonbrener  - “Things Are Seldom What They Seem”

Proformavision:  Kathleen Riley teaches a workshop on physiologic monitoring to enhance musical performance using biofeedback and MIDI

Why is there a Substance Abuse Problem among the Artists Community?

Smoking and Artistry – Why Artists Smoke


Selected Books posted on Amazon

Indirect Procedures: A Musician's Guide to the Alexander Technique by Pedro de Alcantara (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1997)

The New Rules of Posture: How to Sit Stand, and Move in the Modern Worldby Mary Bond

What Every Musician Needs to Know About the Body: The Application of Body Mapping to Music by Barbara Conable and Benjamin Conable

Fit as a fiddle : the musician's guide to playing healthy by William Dawson

The Breathing Book:  Good Health and Vitality Through Essential Breath Work by Donna Farhi

Playing Less Hurt: An Injury Prevention Guide for Musicians by Janet Horvath (Paperback - Apr 15, 2010)

Playing and Teaching the Viola, Chapter 3, section VI, by Jeff Irvine:  Injuries: Prevention and Cure.

What Every Violinist Needs To Know About the Body  by Jennifer Johnson

The Musician's Way: A Guide to Practice, Performance, and Wellness by Gerald Klickstein (Paperback - Sep 3, 2009)

You Are Your Instrument: the Definitive Musician's Guide to Practice and Performance by Julie Lyonn Lieberman (Jun 1, 1997)

The musician's survival manual: a guide to preventing and treating injuries in instrumentalists by Richard Norris

The Athletic Musician: A Guide to Playing Without Pain by Barbara Paull and Christine Harrison (Paperback - Feb 18, 1999)

Deepening Musical Performance Through Movement by Alexandra Pierce

The musician's body: a maintenance manual for peak performance by Jaume Rosset I Llobet

The biology of musical performance and performance-related injury by Alan H. D. Watson



Articles appearing in past issues of The Journal of the American Viola Society

JAVS 27/1, p 61  

Spring 2011

Lana Avis

Healthy Habits: A Prescription for Comprehensive Musicianship

JAVS 27/1, p 19  

Spring 2011

Hillary Herndon

 Healthy Bow, Healthy Sounds

JAVS 21/1, p 15  

Spring 2005

Susan Dubois

 Martial Arts vs. the Big brown Bear

JAVS 20/2, p 15  

Fall 2004

Rita Porfiris

Preparing Berio’s Sequenza

JAVS 20/1, p 45  

Spring 2004

Karen Ritscher

Pressure! Or Producing Prodigious Power?

JAVS 19 online, p 10  

Summer 2003

Barry Green

View from the Middle

JAVS 18/2–3, p 85  


Victoria Voronyansky

Ways to Improve Your Practice through Better Understanding of Physical Demands

JAVS 18/2–3, p 63


Robert Dew

The Coordinated Action, Part 2: Instinctive Responses

JAVS 18/1, p 51  


Robert Dew

In response to Instinct—Karen Tuttle’s Insights into the Coordinated Action—Its Mechanisms, Articulation, and Prerequisites

JAVS 17/1, p 25  


Heidi Castleman

The Basics Revisited: Artistic Distinctions “Your Primary Instrument: You and Your Body

JAVS 16/3, p 49  


Dan Whitman

A Thumb’s Decline: To Fuse or Not to Fuse

JAVS 15/3, p 29  


Ralph Fielding and Joan Firra

The Athletic Musician: A Review

JAVS 14/2, p 31  


Christine Rutledge

The Art and Value of Warming Up

JAVS 14/1, p 51  


Don Ehrlich

Curing the Collapsing Finger

JAVS 12/2, p 29


Janette S. Caputo

Music Is Like Breathing

JAVS 6/1,  p 16  


Darrel Barnes             

A Practical Approach to Viola Technique

JAVS 5/3, p 27    


Don Ehrlich  

Preventing Ulnar Problems

JAVS 5/3, p 25    


Steven Ansell

Musical Maladies

JAVS 5/2, p 3    


Don Ehrlich

Preventing Injury

JAVS 3/2, p 1    


Bernard Fleshler

Damaging Decibels