Healthy Habits and Injuries

 A Conversation with Jennifer Montone 

How To Deal With Chop Concerns
How To Deal With Shoulder Injuries


What kind of bodywork practitioners can help me be a healthier player and more relaxed and mindful performer? Every area has great practitioners... My favorite kinds are:

  • Massage (deep tissue and Thai massage)

  • Alexander Technique

  • Rolfing

  • Feldenkreis

  • Physical Therapy (if you have any pain)

  • Cranial sacral chiropractor

  • Acupuncture (make sure it's a good one!)

Some of my favorite resources include:

Cleveland Clinic
Dr. Lederman helped me in my recovery from two different injuries that affected my playing fo many months.

Clinics for Performers
A comprehensive list of performing arts clinics in the USA.

Lip Service: Rehabilitation for the Injured Embouchure
Dr Vanderkolk and his colleagues have treated both colleagues and students of mine for lip injuries.

Resources for Chop Problems/Dystonia:

Invaluable list of resources. Specifically, Jan Kagarice and Dr. Stephen Frucht have helped students and colleagues of mine immensely.

Injury Recovery and Emotional Healing

Angela Bilger has created a warm and compassionate resource of interviews with some of our friends and colleagues who have battled and recovered from performance injuries. Some great practical tips and seriously inspiring stories here!

Below are additional options physical therapy and other medical and bodywork sources around Philadelphia

Medical Issues:  An Accidental Journey


Not all facial injuries affecting horn players are the result of overuse.  my injust was the result of a seemingly minor car accident.  Unfortunately, it affected my job as principal horn in the St. Louis symphony for most of a season; fortunately I am expected to completely recover.

International Horn Society - IHS Online 2005 October