Musicians who have suffered an injury that prevents them from working will be able to access a new physiotherapy service, billed as the first of its kind in the sector.
Treatment as part of the initiative will include a plan detailing exercise that can be done at home, as well as face-to-face sessions at a physiotherapy practice.
The pilot service has been launched by the Incorporated Society of Musicians Members Fund and comes after a survey unveiled this year found mental health, musculoskeletal conditions and hearing impairments were among the three biggest medical challenges that prevented musicians from working. The fund launched a counselling service earlier this year to support musicians with their mental health.
The physiotherapy service has been launched in partnership with Physio Med, and is described as “the first service of its kind offered on this scale in the music sector”.
ISM chief executive Deborah Annetts said: “The freelance and self-employed nature of musicians means that suffering from an injury or MSK condition which prevents their ability to work can have a devastating impact on their wellbeing. Providing fast access to physiotherapy to help them get back on their feet is vital, which is why we are pleased to launch our new physiotherapy service with Physio Med.”