Music therapy can be used to address numerous therapeutic goals for Parkinson’s Disease patients. In addition, music therapy can stimulate the production of dopamine and serotonin — two neurotransmitters that are diminished in Parkinson’s Disease patients.
Movement: The rhythmic qualities embedded in music can address movement and support gait training. By working closely with the preferred music of a patient and techniques such as rhythmic auditory stimulation, tremendous progress can be made. Rhythm can also address dyskinesia by slowing down an overactive body, facilitating relaxation and even sleep.
Speech: Music therapy can also address speech goals like articulation and enhanced breath support. By encouraging patients to sing, breath support and articulation can be enhanced.
Depression or anxiety: Participating in music therapy sessions or groups can provide an outlet for self-expression and a closer connection to others.