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Physiotherapy Clinic in Glasgow
Patrice Berque is a chartered physiotherapist specialised in assessing and treating injuries and playing-related musculoskeletal disorders affecting musicians and performing artists. He also offers treatment and rehabilitation for task-specific dystonia affecting musicians, also called musician's dystonia. Consultations will involve a clinical examination to determine the cause of the complaint and associated risk factors.
Clinics are presently held at:
Professional Orchestras in Scotland
Professional Scottish Orchestras can offer financial help towards treatment costs for their members. Each orchestra has a different scheme, and it is best to contact your orchestra manager or MU representative to obtain more information:
- RSNO - The Royal Scottish National Orchestra has a "Sick Fund", which musicians can access to get reimbursed for their treatment costs. Speak to Ewen McKay (0141 225 3578), Orchestra Manager. Your MU representatives Peter Hunt and Ursula Heidecker will also be able to advise you.
- BBC SSO - The BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra has a "Training Budget" available for each orchestra member. Musicians can use these funds towards treatment costs. Speak to Joan Morrison (0141 422 6736), Orchestra Manager or Alex Gascoigne, MU representative.
- Scottish Opera - Financial help is available towards treatment costs on a "needs basis" for orchestra players with health-related problems. Speak to Jay Allen (0141 248 4567), Orchestra and Concerts Director.
To discuss your problem, have more information about physiotherapy treatment, or to arrange an appointment, contact Patrice Berque on 01360 621896 or 07766 687578. Confidentiality will be respected.
Help Musicians UK - Scheme for music students
Help Musicians UK (formerly Musicians Benevolent Fund) has set up a new scheme to help students by providing a grant towards health-related treatment costs. If you are a full-time student who studies a music-based degree, specialising in performance, at undergraduate or postgraduate level, you will qualify for help up to £500 if you contact BAPAM. However, there are some conditions:
- You have to be a full-time student.
- The Scheme accepts students who are British or who have been resident in the UK for at least five years.
- You need to download the "Student Application for Treatment Grant" form here.
- You must have the first page of this form signed by Sarah Ward, the welfare advisor at the RCS, before contacting the Clinic.
- Your health problem or injury needs to be related to playing your instrument.
- You will be able to get help if you are a singer and experience problems with your voice.
- The Scheme also covers students suffering from anxiety, stage fright, or mental health issues.
- You will be assessed by a BAPAM GP, and if you need physiotherapy, the GP will refer you to me for subsequent treatments. Contact the BAPAM helpline for more information.
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