Katherine Butler assesses the effectiveness of compression grips for pianists – do they help or harm? The focus of performing arts medicine/is performance enhancement through injury prevention. It is essential that musicians warm up and cool down before and after playing, keep their instrument well maintained, develop healthy practice habits and live a […]

  What is sciatica? Sciatica is a term used to describe any kind of pain caused by irritation or compression of the sciatic nerve. The sciatic nerve is comprised of several nerves that branch out from each side of the lower spine. These nerves merge together to form the sciatic nerve, which runs through the […]

What is whiplash? Whiplash is a type of neck injury caused by a sudden unexpected backward and/or forward jerking movement of the head, resulting in damage to the soft tissues (e.g. muscles, ligaments, discs, nerves) of the neck. Although whiplash is most commonly associated with motor vehicle accidents, it can also be caused by other […]

Katherine Butler is the hand therapist for The London Orthopaedic Clinic and is based at King Edward VII’s Hospital. She was presented to HRH The Prince of Wales at The Royal Society of Musicians as he opened the Society’s new building in London. Katherine is an Honorary Associate Professor at UCL and Plymouth University and […]

Katherine Butler was honoured to speak at Oxford May Music Festival on ‘Musicians’ brains are different’. This festival presents scientific lectures and musical concerts side by side and allows exploration of the intertwined relationship of these two worlds. For many years, Katherine has been passionate about combining her two loves: music and medicine. She believes […]