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Cytotoxin Cancels Upcoming Shows Due To Health Issue

Cytotoxin has issued the following statement about canceling upcoming live shows due to the band's guitarist experiencing a health issue:

"Hi people! Unfortunately I have to inform you about an issue that influences my guitar playing. Since about a year I increasingly developed a problem with my right hand (picking hand) and after a lot of research on the internet and also a couple of visits of several doctors I finally was diagnosed with focal dystonia.

"What this exactly is will be hard to explain to non-affected people. Basically it’s a quite seldom neurological task specific movement disorder. Because of that it’s nearly impossible for me to play techniques like alternate picking, palm muting or sweep picking any more. You can get a more detailed information of focal dystonia right here.

"I believe I owe to explain the circumstances to our fans. We thought about telling you the whole thing for a long time. We decided to make truth public since we don’t want to affront you in any way. We really appreciate all of you for what you’ve done for us and we will always be thankful for your eternal support!

"Within the last rehearsals we noticed more and more that we can’t keep up our live performance standard any longer with of my disorder. Because of that we had to make another hard decision which is to cancel a few shows in the near future. I’m sure that things won’t get better if I keep on playing those new songs which are very challenging for my right hand at the time. You may wonder how I’m planning to overcome this…

"A few years ago focal dystonia was still 'incurable' to most of the experts. But there are also several cases in which musicians were capable of overcoming their bad habits and 'heal' focal dystonia. It’s seems to be possible to fight the disorder with special retraining methods. Since it is a very individual 'disease' the time that is needed for recovery can be either short (2-3 months) or very long (years).

"Long story short. I need to re-learn certain movements on guitar and forget old habits. This, as you probably can imagine, is very hard to do and definitely needs its time. And I can’t really say how much time. At least I’m very lucky that I have discovered focal dystonia quite early though for some it took 20 years and more to figure out what’s wrong with them. I assure you that I will give my best to get well again.

"One last thing that I have learned from it. There may be some musicians reading this so let me tell you something: Practice wisely!!! Don’t play one pattern for too long! If it hurts then stop and take a break or practice something else! Playing fast will develop over time and not by force!"

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