Rehabilitating for functional outcomes following brain injury

Music Therapy has been shown to be a very effective and beneficial therapy in the rehabilitation of people who have suffered a brain injury. There is a lot we now know about how music interacts with the brain, what areas of the brain are affected, how music can drive the rehabilitation of motor movement (for example gait), speech and cognition.

In 2011 there was a very public example of the use of Music Therapy within the rehabilitation of US Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords.

Ms Giffords has been receiving the specialised application of Music Therapy that Bethany is qualified in called Neurologic Music Therapy.

Although Ms Giffords was unable to initially say “hello” she was able to sing ‘Twinkle Twinkle Little Star’!

This is due to the fact that music has the amazing ability to access the speech and motor areas of the brain to coordinate all aspects of communication even though the patient cannot not speak. Through the use of music it is therefore possible to re-establish and relearn the skills and connections needed to speak.

Through the use of music in its specific Music Therapy application, Ms Giffords communication skills were re-established and relearned starting from the very basics and slowly increasing to learning, new words and phrases through song.

Music Therapy certainly is more than just a sing-along. It has evidence-based application for the functional gains of not only communication goals but also physical, cognitive and emotional goals and needs.

Contact us today for an initial assessment and formulate a therapy plan focusing on tangible outcomes and goals.

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