Music therapy for stroke patients can be a calming and effective way to boost recovery after stroke. Do you feel like music makes everything better? We sure do! And now we’re going to dig into the science behind how music can benefit your brain.
Boosting Stroke Recovery with Music
Stroke survivors who listened to music daily for a 6 month period experienced less depression, less confusion, more verbal memory, and better focused attention, according to a study from Brain, A Journal of Neurology.
Everything else between the two groups was kept the same, the only difference was the addition of music.
Now that’s saying something.
The process of listening to music helps boost stroke recovery as it activates the part of our brain that is associated with memory, motor function, and emotional processing.
Yes, motor function!
The study also places extra emphasis on the emotional benefits of music therapy, which we’ll get to next.
Benefits of Music Therapy
Music therapy is a multidimensional approach to stroke recovery as it provides both cognitive and emotional benefits.
Cognitively, music stimulates a whole network of brain functions like attention and memory. Emotionally, the process of listening to music helps reduce depression, which can be instrumental in boosting motivation during recovery.
Music therapy can also help improve your speech and communication after stroke when working with a music therapist.
Your music therapist will help you with all sorts of fun activities, like singing and chanting, which can help improve your speech while boosting positive emotions.
For an inspiring example, see this video of a man who regained his speech after stroke through the power of music therapy.
Music Therapy and Exercise
The real benefits of music therapy emerge during music-based rehab exercises.
When movement is linked to a rhythmic beat, it creates an engaging environment that stimulates your brain and boosts motor recovery.
So if you’re looking to improve movement after stroke, then music-based rehab devices (like our MusicGlove) can offer engaging ways to work on your motor skills.
In fact, the simple addition of music can turn almost any boring rehab exercise into a fun and effective experience!