Dear Residents, Families, and Friends,
I had the amazing opportunity to attend the Academy of Neurologic Music Therapy® (NMT)’s 2nd International Symposium last month. This virtual conference gathered the NMT community worldwide to explore the latest research and clinical insights in the field. I completed my Neurologic Music Therapy training in 2020 and am so excited to learn about the ongoing positive impact of NMT.
NMT is a specialized form of music therapy that uses music to address and improve various neurological conditions. It is specifically designed to target cognitive, sensory, and motor functions in individuals with a variety of conditions including stroke, traumatic brain injury, Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s Disease, and autism. NMT techniques promote the brain’s ability to reorganize itself, resulting in positive changes.
One of NMT’s key therapeutic music interventions is Rhythmic Auditory Stimulation® (RAS). This technique involves using the rhythmic elements of music, such as a steady beat, to improve motor functions. For example, a Neurologic Music Therapist might employ a drumbeat to help someone relearn walking coordination after a stroke. The rhythmic cues from the music serve as external stimuli, synchronizing with the individual’s movements and aiding in the regulation and improvement of motor control. At one of the conference’s presentations, we heard from a young patient that relearned to walk after an injury with the support of a Neurologic Music Therapist. NMT is a dynamic and evolving field at the intersection of music and neuroscience, showcasing the remarkable potential of music to contribute to the healing and well-being of individuals facing neurological challenges.
For more information on music therapy or brain wellness, contact Julia McCarren at JMcCarren@kensingtonsl.com.