Neurorehabilitation of musicians’ dystonia


Focal dystonia in musicians exacerbates fine motor control. However, little has been known about its neuromuscular mechanisms as well as neurorehabilitation techniques that regain motor skills responsible for musical performance.



  • To elucidate neuromuscular mechanisms behind motor control of musicians’ dystonia
  • To develop novel neurorehabilitation techniques for musicians’ dystonia


  • Data Glove

  • Electromyography

  • Non-invasive stimulation of the nervous system

  • Multivariate analysis and machine learning


  • Furuya S, Nitsche MA, Paulus W, Altenmüller E (2013) Early optimization in finger dexterity of skilled pianists: implication of transcranial stimulation. BMC Neuroscience (in revision)
  • Furuya S, Altenmüller E. Selective loss of independent control of finger movements in musician's dystonia. (under review)

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    Last modified: 2017-02-16

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