Music Therapy in
Neurorehabilitation

Music Therapy is an independent, evidens-based treatment method that can be used widely in Neurorehabilitation. 

We work with the approach where the whole person is central. Rehabilitation is offered of both physical, psychological and social challenges that have appeared after the acquired brain injury. 

Music Therapy offers new angles in an interdisciplinary cooperation with other health professionals to provide a holistic rehabilitation for the patient.

Cognition

Attention, memory and executive functions are trained by the use of sound, instruments and vocal exercises. Memory, intentionality and self monitoring can be trained by participating in communal singing, playing songs together and improvisation. Neglect can be trained by piano, chimes and other instruments and by the use of sound transitioning into the blind area.

Communication

Breathing and sound exercises are used to the train diaphragm, muscles and vocal cords for better support and sound. MIT - melodic intonation therapy and other communications exercises from Neurologic Music Therapy can be used for aphasia and other communicative problems. Pronunciation, mobilisation of words and speech can be trained by singing known and unknown songs, improvisation and by using rhythmic training. Interdisciplinary collaboration with speech pathologist is possible.

Upper extremities

Fine motor skills can be trained with piano as the auditory feedback provides a instant useful information to the brain concerning how the fingers work. Gross motor skills can be trained by using a drumset, percussion and other instruments that can be placed strategically for the wanted movement. Music therapy provides gentle motor training without pain. Interdisciplinary collaboration with physiotherapist and occupational therapist is possible.

Lower extremities

RAS - Rhythmic Auditory Stimulation is used to train gait, stride length, speed and more. Interdisciplinary collaboration with physiotherapist is preferred.
Movement and dance stimulates the brain.
Tværfagligt samarbejde med fysioterapeut.

Psychological

Emotional processing of trauma and grief and emotional adjustment to disability are some of the areas that Music Therapy address following an acquired brain injury using both active and passive music therapy and talk therapy.

Working through the emotional area can provide renewed courage, improve mood and give energy to the rest of the rehabilitation process.

Relational

A safe space for the patient must be created to make room to grow relations between the patient, music therapist and music and thereby make therapy possible.

The alliance between the patient and music therapist is a prerequisite for a successful rehabilitation.

Social

In group music therapy social skills are trained and it is possible for the patient to relate to others with the same conditions. It help with social withdrawal, depression and other issues that the patients face.

Loneliness, anxiety and stress can be prevented so the return to society as a citizen with an impairment can become easier.

Behaviour

Music Therapy can help the patient regulate unwanted behaviour.

Music Therapy is provided both as individual and group therapy