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Facial Pain and the Instruments of Finnish Orchestra Musicians

Aki Savolainen writes: “I found this one article my father was working on a year ago, which found out that musicians with sleep bruxism experience pain related to the severity of their symptoms (surprise), and the instrument they happen to be playing has no effect on the amount of pain experienced.”

The study is: “Oro-facial Pain Experience Among Symphony Orchestra Musicians in Finland Is Associated With Reported Stress, Sleep Bruxism and Disrupted sleep-Independent of the Instrument Group,” Jari Ahlberg, Jetske W Wiegers, Maurits K A van Selms, Miikka Peltomaa, Daniele Manfredini, Frank Lobbezoo, Aslak Savolainen [pictured here], and Henri Tuomilehto, Journal of Oral Rehabilitation, vol. 46, no. 8, September 2019, pp 807-812. The authors report:

As a part of a large‐scale sleep study among professional musicians in Finland, the aim of the present study was to evaluate whether the type of instrument was associated with oro‐facial pain experience among professional symphony orchestra musicians in Finland….

Conclusions: Among symphony orchestra musicians, oro‐facial pain experience seems to be related to perceptions of stress, sleep bruxism and disrupted sleep rather than [to the kind of instrument they play].

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