Can Music Play a Role in Stroke Recovery?

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adobestock_68259389-1As it turns out, music can do a lot more than just soothe the soul.

Even for those who have trouble speaking due to a stroke or other neurological condition, research has shown music to be an effective way to improve communication and regain muscle function and control, and here’s how.

Music as a Form of Stroke Therapy

A stroke happens when there is a decrease in blood flow to an area of the brain, which can result in cell damage and loss of certain functions, including speech and mobility. While these actions are controlled by the area of the brain that may have been damaged, music is governed by a different part of the brain. Thus, even though a person may have difficulty speaking or moving certain muscles, he or she may be able to sing and play music quite well.

Singing, dancing and listening to music can help to rebuild muscle movement, function and control, all while providing an uplifting and motivational mood and outlook.

Music Therapy at Home

While you may seek out a professional to provide music therapy as part of stroke recovery, you can also incorporate music into everyday life at home to help further recovery even more. Consider creating a playlist personalized to fit your preferences and needs that you can use when exercising, relaxing or to aid in pain management.

Don’t forget that music therapy can also include playing instruments, writing songs and watching others perform. Whatever your creative outlets and interests may be, put them to good use as part of your comprehensive stroke therapy program.