The Art Medicine Institute of Quirónsalud Valencia Hospital was born with the vocation to serve as a reference for artists (musicians, actors, painters, sculptors, etc.) that develop a specific problem related to various medical specialties and that do not find an adequate or specific solution. The Unit aims to offer a vision, prevention and comprehensive attention to the medical and health problems of this large group whose needs are not as well covered as their important contribution to society deserves.
Department of Psychosomatic Medicine.
Numerous studies coincide in pointing out that stage anxiety is one of the biggest problems of the professional practice of musicians, singers, dancers or actors.
Our quality of life depends on how we are able to use resources and coping strategies, in the face of stress, anxiety, anguish or fear.
In the Department of Psychosomatic Medicine, we explain to our patients the biological foundations of stress, how anxiety is generated, what symptoms they produce and how they affect their health and quality of life, both at the personal, family, social and work levels. The treatment is completed by learning effective techniques and methods of stress management and anxiety control:
- Relaxation techniques.
- Concentration techniques.
- Meditation techniques.
- Mind control techniques.
- Fear coping techniques.
Department of Musculoskeletal Pathology.
In the world of art and especially in music, there is an increase in certain pathologies clearly related to the different instrumental families.
All the injuries of the musculoskeletal system produced by the use of musical instruments usually lead to a development with little noticeable symptoms in its early stages, which due to lack of attention and a correct diagnosis, on many occasions end up being chronic problems of very difficult treatment, even forcing musicians to abandon their professional activity in the worst cases.
The role performed by the Department of Musculoskeletal Pathology within the unit would be:
- PREVENTION FUNCTION: create awareness of the possible musculoskeletal problems for those people who are susceptible to suffer it.
- EARLY DIAGNOSTIC FUNCTION: recognizing the first symptoms of the lesions before they derive towards chronic pathologies.
- TREATMENT FUNCTION: both medical treatment and physiotherapy appropriate to each pathology.
- RECOVERY FUNCTION: with exercises and tips to avoid relapses.
Department of Postural Recovery and Reeducation.
The cure and solution of the problem that originated the pathology necessarily involves the knowledge of the functionality of the muscles and joints of the body itself and its interaction with the ergonomics of each instrument in particular, analyzing in detail the advantages and disadvantages.
The first step is to analyze and study the postural and motor defects both in what may affect the study and the final interpretation in the instrument, since both are two distinct phases, each with its particular problem.
After these previous studies in the Department of recovery and motor-postural reeducation we work:
a) The rehabilitation in the instrument itself, and not as something alien or general independent of the own requirements posed by each instrument. The most important thing in these cases is that the student or the professional musician does not have to stop playing. Quite the contrary. We propose a rehabilitation designed to be effective during the study of the instrument.
b) Breathing, concentration and relaxation as elements inherent to instrumental study. In addition, regarding the students, are provided techniques and study methods that lead to the reduction of anxiety and stress that any public performance entails.
With all this, it is intended that, in a few sessions, the patient acquires postural and basic motor habits and knowledge to solve his or her pathology and prevent its reproduction or the development of any other.
Periodically we organize courses on 'POSTURAL MODIFICATION, PREVENTION OF MUSCULOSKELETAL INJURIES, STRESS PREVENTION AND SCENIC FEAR CONTROL', aimed at students, parents of students and professionals of music and performing arts.