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Music Therapy for the Treatment of Multiple Sclerosis
The Institute for Music and Neurologic Function (IMNF) specializes in treating individuals with Multiple Sclerosis (MS). Working with individuals through CenterLight Health System, as well as private patients through the IMNF Music Therapy Professionals Practice, our licensed music therapists help individuals learn to initiate and coordinate movements. When an individual needs to improve physical strength and flexibility, specific movements are encouraged through exercise. Combining exercise with enjoyable and creative music experiences can often accelerate the rehabilitation process. Music therapy can also improve short-term memory issues and cognitive impairment.
What to expect
Exploration of rhythm patterns and musical styles
Fine motor (dexterity) and/or gross motor (range of motion) activities
Rhythmic, strengthening exercises
Motivation, focus and attention activities
Speech and communication
Music therapy can provide results including:
Repertoire of exercises so that an individual can move independently with confidence
Motivation to participate in daily activities
Improved nerve and muscle control
Improved intelligibility and communication skills
Stress reduction and stress-management techniques
For more information on the programs and services offered by the Institute for Music and Neurologic Function, please call 718-519-5840 or email email@example.com.
Multiple Sclerosis (MS) is a chronic disease that attacks the central nervous system (CNS), which consists of the brain, spinal cord and optic nerves. Symptoms may include loss of balance, pain, problems with movement or walking, problems with coordination, numbness, paralysis, slurred speech, or loss of vision. The progress, severity and specific symptoms vary from patient to patient.
MS is believed to be an autoimmune disease. The body’s defense system attacks myelin, the substance that protects the nerve fibers in the CNS. There is no cure for MS, but there are therapies that can slow the progression of the disease. MS treatments include medications that relieve symptoms and slow the progression. Physical therapy, speech therapy and occupational therapy have been found to help patients with MS. Music therapy is also especially effective for movement rehabilitation.