12 Sep Active Music Therapy in Parkinson’s Disease: An Integrative Method for Motor and Emotional Rehabilitation
ABSTRACT: A randomized, controlled, single-blinded study exploring the potential benefits of music therapy in treating Parkinson’s disease (PD). It consisted of weekly sessions of MT and physical therapy (PT). Thirty-two patients with PD, were randomly assigned to two groups of 16 patients each. MT sessions consisted of choral singing, voice exercise, rhythmic and free body movements, and active music involving collective invention. PT sessions included a series of passive stretching exercises, specific motor tasks, and strategies to improve balance and gait. It was concluded that MT is effective on motor functions and improved mood, quality of life, and daily functioning. The authors propose active MT as a new method for inclusion in PD rehabilitation programs.
AUTHOR SUMMARY: Pacchetti, Claudio MD; Mancini, Francesca MD; Aglieri, Roberto; Fundarò, Cira MD; Martignoni, Emilia MD; Nappi, Giuseppe MD
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