How music therapy helps people recover from stroke

Last weekend October 12-13, there was a big, front page story in The Weekend Australian Magazine called ‘The Sound of Music’.

The article explained music therapy’s use and application within a stroke population. There were some very touching stories of people who have suffered and stroke and how music has helped them to express their emotions and overcome their initial grief, trauma and sense of loss.

The article also expresses what is unknown about music.

How does it engage with the brain for people who can’t speak yet can sing?

How does music help to express feelings that otherwise are left uncovered?

Whilst these questions may take a long time to be answered there is growing support for the use of music therapy within healthcare settings to provide a way for people to engage and express what may or may or not be expressed in other therapeutic contexts.


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