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Music Therapy for the Treatment of Parkinson's Disease
The Institute for Music and Neurologic Function (IMNF) offers music therapy to patients with Parkinson’s disease, in an effort to improve their overall health and well-being. Working with patients through CenterLight Health System and private patients through the IMNF Music Therapy Professionals Practice, our licensed music therapists help patients learn to initiate and coordinate movements. In addition to movement, music therapy can help patients with articulation, if their speech becomes slurred and unclear. Music therapy also helps Parkinson’s patients who exhibit too much movement (shaking). Slow, rhythmic movement can slow down overactive body rhythms and induce relaxation and sleep. Combining exercise with enjoyable, creative and successful musical experiences can often maintain overall health and well-being.
What to Expect
Rhythmic movement to music
Conversational phrases are embedded into familiar song phrases to support speech.
Music therapy can provide results including:
Improved communication skills with improved clarity and fluency
Increased confidence in communication attempts
Increased nerve and muscle control
Confidence to perform independently
Improved gait and balance
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.
Parkinson’s Disease is a brain disorder that affects movement. It is a chronic, progressive disease that begins with a tremor in the affected limb, when the limb is at rest. In Parkinson’s Disease, nerve cells die or become impaired. Four features that characterize Parkinson’s Disease are: trembling of a limb when it’s at rest; slowness of movement, stiffness of the limbs and the body, and poor balance.
There is no treatment to slow or stop the progression of the disease but there is treatment to ease the most bothersome symptoms. Medications may relieve some symptoms and lifestyle modification, physical therapy and speech therapy can improve an individual’s quality of life. Music therapy has been found to be exceptionally effective for people with Parkinson’s Disease.