What is dystonia and how does it effect musicians?
Dystonia is a neurological disorder that causes involuntary muscle contractions and spasms. It can affect musicians by causing them to lose control of their fingers, hands, or arms, making it difficult or impossible to play their instruments. This can be devastating for professional musicians who rely on their abilities to make a living. Dystonia can also cause pain and discomfort, making it an even more challenging condition to deal with.
My Dystonia Story
I was lucky like many musicians with dystonia I was able to continue playing and performing at a high level. This is my dystonia story I hope it inspires you and helps you understand dystonia and it’s impact on musicians in particular.
Dystonia is not a Country you have never heard of frequently. Dystonia is something manageable once you learn about it so to increase Dystonia Awareness we are writing about it here on Guitardoor.com as Dystonia is something that affects musicians in later life like myself.
Dystonia is a Monster that consumes a person’s lifestyle. It is a Neurological disorder somewhat in the same family as Parkinson’s disease and Multiple Sclerosis but much less known.
Jason Dunn Dystonia Awareness CAMPAIGNER
Extraordinary Humans: Muscles
‘Witness The Rising”
Cynthia Davis took on the project quite a while back to document my fight with Dystonia.I Have viewed My Life and career as Chapters in a book. One might say acts in a play. I’ve had the diagnosis and treatment for Dystonia for 18 years now but I’ve had it longer than that undiagnosed and was quite a mystery. It has taken my music away for periods of time and I have to battle my way back. I’m sitting currently in act 3 of the battle. Covid has not helped matters but I am Booked in North Carolina in April of 2022 once again at Little Creek Vineyard to Tread the Boards again.
This is one thing to Look forward to and the second will be the time of releasing Cynthia’s Documentary “Witness The Rising”. It’s been a labor of love and friendship and she has captured a large portion of time and created a well-told story. A Story of achievements and realities and limitations. It’s been in my view a gift invaluable to me that you should soon be able to see as well. Her never-ending support as a friend and creative mind can never be repaid.
While I’ve been progressing as a musical journalist, she’s become an incredible Artist. She can Paint beautifully and also has the knack with a camera to capture the perfect moment. The cover of “Shotgun Pixie”, the musical collaboration of Maya Calvert and myself is her work and she is THEE Renaissance Woman. A gift to humankind.
Dystonia is a complex issue that will challenge you beyond the point of understanding at times. It is currently incurable but it can be largely treated. It’s a hard fight, but I’m determined to try and educate those who don’t have it or are new to it in their life. For those of us who live with it, I want to ask you when you feel defeated to get up and fight some more. It’s what we must do. . We must be warriors at all times. We must lend a hand or heart to those newly diagnosed and be there for them. During the dark times, we can be the candle to help see the way until the new dawn, where we begin the fight again.