Benefits for of music therapy for patients with parkinson's
The signs of Parkinson’s can range from obvious tremors to a barely noticeable tremor in the hands. Since Parkinson’s is a progressive disease, music therapy can assist in drastically slowing the process by using rhythmic music and setting goals to focus on movement rehabilitation and speech. Music therapists use rhythm and cueing for reducing rigidity, improving joint movement, coordination, initiation and balance of gait. The rhythmic elements in music can help a patient with Parkinson’s stand up and dance! Music therapy has also been used for rehabilitation of speech, respiratory issues, socialization, and enhancement of mood.
(Reference- FSU Thesis by Mary-Margaret Peyton Davis, 2010- PARKINSON‘S DISEASE: A NEUROLOGIC DESCRIPTION AND MUSIC THERAPY CLINICAL CURRICULUM)