Music Therapy and Movement Rehabilitation

The Institute for Music and Neurologic Function (IMNF) helps patients who are unable to initiate or coordinate movements due to Multiple Sclerosis (MS) or Parkinson’s disease with movement rehabilitation. Strong rhythmic music allows these patients to walk, or even dance.

Movement Rehabilitation is available to CenterLight Health System patients. Specialized Inpatient Music Therapy Programs for movement rehabilitation include Drumming and Ambulation and the use of Digital Music Technology. Patients in our Beth Abraham Health Services skilled nursing facility in the Bronx can also take advantage of our on-site Music Has Power Recording Studios.

Music therapists use musical instruments that require the patient to perform specific movements to play them. This often results in the patient’s improved strength and flexibility. The use of music also encourages motivation through enjoyable and creative music experiences that accelerate the rehabilitation process.

Electric musical instruments are used for patients with very limited movement. Computer monitored music making can measure progress and provide directive feedback to guide therapy.

What to Expect

Specialized equipment that is adapted to a patient’s existing abilities

Music making that provides experiences beyond the usual focus of exercise

Fine motor (dexterity) and/or gross motor (range of motion) activities

Rhythmic, strengthening exercises

Activities that encourage motivation, focus and attention

Music therapy can provide results including:

Movement in parts of the body that have limited motion

Movement maintained in parts of the body that are affected by an illness or condition

Increased range of body movement

Confidence to perform activities independently

Motivation to participate in daily activities

Increased nerve and muscle control

For more information on the programs and services offered by the Institute for Music and Neurologic Function, please call 718-519-5840 or email

Music & Rehab Article

To learn more about the benefits of music therapy for movement rehabilitation, please read the following article:

Using Rhythm for Rehabilitation