This article is from the Piano General Topics FAQ, by Isako Hoshino firstname.lastname@example.org with numerous contributions by others.
Concurrent with the increased use of computer keyboards and
mice in the work world at large, there is an increasing
incidence of computer related repetitive stress injuries
(RSI). Such an injury can interfere with piano playing or
even render it impossible. Because of this possibility, here
we introduce some sources of information available on the
Internet and beyond, containing information on the nature,
causes, prevention and treatment of RSIs.
The Typing Injury FAQ.
Available periodically from newsgroups
sci.med.occupational, news.answers, sci.med,
comp.human-factors, and via anonymous ftp from the
newsgroup archives at rtfm.mit.edu in directory
A five-part document, Part 5 of which contains copious
references to other information sources.
RSI discussions by victims and therapy practitioners.
To subscribe, send a message to listserv@itssrv1.UCSF.edu
containing as the text SUBSRIBE SOREHAND your name.
ftp.csua.berkeley.edu, under directory pub/typing-injury/
An extensive anonymous ftp resource.
Emil Pascarelli, "Repetitive Stress Injury: A Computer
Users Guide," John Wiley & Sons, Inc., 1994.
Gyorgy Sandor, "On Piano Playing," Schirmer Books -
A division of Macmillan Publishing Co., Inc., 1981.
Richard Norris, M.D. publications
Dr. Norris is the Director of the National Arts Medicine
Center & Center for Repetitive Motion Disorders at the
National Rehabilitation Hospital in Bethesda, Md.
"The Musician's Survival Manual: a guide to preventing and
treating injuries in instrumentalists," 1993,
International Conference of Symphony and Opera Musicians.
ISBN 0-918812-74-7 $16.95.
This book describes types of injuries, and how to
recognize, treat and prevent them. Other topics covered
are therapeutic exercises and returning to playing after
an injury. A list of performing arts clinics is given in
The book can be ordered from:
MMB Music Inc.
Tel: 314 531-9635
800 543-3771 (USA/Canada)
For people who are unable to locate a proper source of
treatment Dr. Norris has also created a VHS tape titled
"Treatment Options for Repetitive Motion Disorders",
available for $65 directly from him at
National Rehabilitation Hospital
3 Bethesda Metro Ctr. Suite 950
Bethesda, MD 20814