Patients with Parkinson's Disease can present with a wide range of sensorimotor symptoms including resting tremor, muscle stiffness, and postural instability. Walking (gait) and other activities of daily living are often impacted by these symptoms. Neurologic music therapists work with their patients using three techniques to address sensorimotor issues:
Support of the therapeutic mechanisms behind each of these techniques can be found in research published for decades in music therapy, neurology, and rehabilitation journals. To learn more about the therapeutic mechanisms behind these and other music therapy techniques, please join us at the NC Triangle Moving Day® (http://bit.ly/1FTYxn9) or contact us through our website.
National Parkinson Foundation: Believe in Better. (n.d.). Retrieved October 8, 2015.
Thaut, M. & Hoemberg, V. (2014). Handbook of neurologic music therapy. New York, NY: Oxford University Press.
Each October, the National Parkinson Foundation hosts Moving Day® across the country to raise money for research, treatment, and other resources for people diagnosed with Parkinson's Disease. Representatives of Atlantic Music Therapy, LLC can be found under a tent at the NC Triangle Moving Day® on October 31st (for more details, click here: http://bit.ly/1FTYxn9). In honor of the event, we are sharing a three-part series about music therapy with Parkinson's Disease (PD).
Allison G. Hingley, MM, MT-BC
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