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Music Therapy and Stroke and Parkinsons

Neurological disorders can affect individuals in many ways: physiologically, psychologically, and socially. Music Therapists use music as a tool to target an individual’s specific goals and objectives, while also contributing to the individual’s overall wellbeing. Because music affects individuals noninvasively, Music Therapy is an effective treatment for individuals who have experienced a stroke and/or Parkinson’s disease.

Music Therapists use music to work on maintaining or regaining mobility, improving speech and language skills, boosting mood, and improving memory. At the same time, Music Therapy also aids individuals in processing emotions, decreasing feelings of isolation, and improving overall wellness.

In 2009, researchers led by Lauren K. King of the Sun Life Financial Movement Disorders Research and Rehabilitation Centre at Wilfrid Laurier University, in Waterloo, Ontario, found that short-term use of vibroacoustic therapy with Parkinson’s disease patients led to improvements in symptoms, including less rigidity and better walking speed with bigger steps and reduced tremors (NeuroRehabilitation, December, 2009).

What We Can Address:

  • Boost Mood
  • Enhance Emotional Regulation
  • Improve Gross and Fine Motor Skills
  • Refine Communication Skills
  • Stimulate Memory
  • Provide Pain Management
  • Decrease Stress & Anxiety and Feelings of Isolation
  • Increase Motivation

Supporting Research and Additional Articles

What You May Experience:

Here are some examples of what can be addressed during your music therapy session with your dedicated therapist:

  • Purposeful singing to improve speech and breath control
  • Music-supported phyisical interventions to improve individual’s physical goals (gait, grasp, range of motion, etc)
  • Songwriting for self-expression
  • Purposeful playlist creation for mood support and motivation
  • Counselling to support you through life’s transitions

Ask Questions and Schedule Sessions

  1. Email to ask questions or schedule your appointment:

  2. You will be asked to complete an intake form. This will be another opportunity to ask any of the questions you may have to ensure an online session is best for your needs.

  3. Costs will be discussed and defined. 

  4. We will then match you with a therapist who is available and fits your needs.

  5. A final confirmation will be sent via email.