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Forum member:
I was diagnosed with mandibular dystonia 3 years ago. It started off being task–specific to the instrument (trumpet) but as I practiced more to “solve” the problem, the symptoms started happening away from the instrument. When you play, do your teeth clench shut (i.e. from your jaw muscles?)?

JG:
Jaw issues (TMJ) were a significant factor in my embouchure dystonia. Acupuncture (for the symptoms) and retraining + solving emotional issues (for the cause) solved that part of the puzzle for me.

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