Neurologic Music Therapy
Neurologic music therapy (NMT) uses specific techniques to improve functioning in the face of neurological damage. This can include individuals who have had a stroke or other traumatic brain injury, Parkinson disease, and Autism. Individuals experiencing disruptions in their ability to communicate (receptive and expressive), initiate and control motor movements, and memory loss can benefit from these thoroughly researched and proven methods.
Neurologic music therapy has recently been accepted by worldwide and can now be reimbursed by insurance agencies as well. The World Federation of Neurorehabilitation (WFNR), the European Federation of Neurorehabilitation Societies (EFNS), and the Society for Clinical Neuromusicology (CNM) have all officially endorsed NMT training for neurological rehabilitation.
The neuronal interconnections between motor movement, language, and music make Parkinson disease a prime candidate for neurologic music therapy (NMT). Entrainment to rhythm (muscle movements coordinating to a provided rhythm) occurs fairly quickly due to the speed of our auditory neurons and the way they interact with the motor cortex. Rhythm can be used to assist in initiating and controlling movement, and can be generalized outside of music therapy sessions.
It is highly recommended that maintenance of care must be continual, however, or progress will stop. Similar to leaning to play an instrument; if you practice you’ll be able to play. If you stop practicing you’ll lose a portion of your skill.
Please contact The Music Initiative if you are interested in a weekly community care group that offers a time and space to practice NMT techniques for long-term success.