During the Covid-19 restrictions, the neurological music therapy for INS clients is taking place online to help improve their mental and physical well-being.
Neurological music therapy takes place at Integrated Neurological Services (INS), 82 Hampton Road, Twickenham, TW2 5QS. INS provides support for over 400 people with neurological conditions. We are running weekly music therapy group sessions at INS for clients with neurological conditions including Stroke, Parkinson’s and Multiple Sclerosis.
- Breathing exercises
- Walking to music – matching stride to the beat
- Playing percussion instruments – activating side affected by stroke
- Song writing
- Opportunities to talk about difficulties they face
- Carers can also attend to learn to use music therapy at home.
- Improved communication as breathing techniques and singing improve flow of speech – some may sing words they cannot say.
- Improved cognition and memory – creating a song about an everyday activity may help someone re-learn how to do it
- Movement – playing an instrument, walking to a beat can strengthen weakened muscles .
- Improved emotional well-being due to sharing music in a supportive environment and gaining confidence.
People with neurological conditions have mobility, cognitive and communication issues. Many have mental health problems, knowing their condition will deteriorate and suffer isolation and depression.
As music is processed across different areas of the brain it can help restore functions in undamaged parts of the brain. Neurological music therapy is an evidence-based treatment which can improve functional capabilities – cognition, communication and movement.