In this episode, we interview Dr. Cody Weisbach about pain science, a topic that can be overwhelming and confusing for many musicians and music educators. Cody is a Boulder, CO based physical therapist with an interest in the prevention and treatment of playing related musculoskeletal disorders in musicians. He is additionally the founder of Musicians’ Maintenance, a series of weekly exercises and podcast on musicians’ health issues. Cody additionally has years of experience as a teacher in training for a group called NOI, the Neuro Orthopaedic Institute, which looks at pain science and how to give patients, clients, clinicians, and practitioners resources on pain.

We talk about what pain is, different approaches to pain, how to find a clinician to help, how to progressively load or build practice time to prevent injury, and some great resources currently out there for helping to educate clinicians.

Resources mentioned:

For more on the Neuro orthapaedic institute, go here:

Explain Pain, by David Butler and Lorimer Moseley

Sound Practice Health Handbook for Orchestral Musicians

Evidence-informed physical therapy management of performance-related musculoskeletal disorders in musicians, by Bronwen Ackermann and Clifton Chan

Hand therapy for Musicians with Dr. Aviva Wolff

Musicians’ Maintenance with Cody Weisbach

Performing Arts Medicine Association

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