Associated Neurologists offers a weekly exercise class called “Move with Music” for people diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease (PD), hosted by our Physical Therapist, Cynthia Bahr.
Several randomized controlled clinical trials have provided evidence for the effectiveness of music therapy for patients with PD. Neuroimaging studies have shown that the perception of rhythm activates areas of the brain in key motor networks (e.g., the basal ganglia, the cerebellum, premotor and supplementary motor areas), which are regions of the brain that are often compromised in PD. Such evidence suggests that with music, auditory stimulation of motor areas through rhythmic cues serves to enhance motor function in patients with PD. For example, pairing steps with rhythmic cues, such as with the beat of music or of a metronome, has been found to result in long-term motor improvement and enhanced gait, including increased stride length and walking speed. In addition to improving movement, music therapy may help to enhance overall quality of life for patients with PD through helping patients with speech articulation, reducing stress or anxiety, improving verbal and non-verbal communication, and promoting a sense of well-being.
Our PT, Cynthia, selects various musical pieces combined with upright, sitting, and dynamic tasks that facilitate movement and speech in a group setting.
Classes take place on Wednesdays from 11:00 am to 12:00 pm. For further information, please contact our Physical Therapy Department at (203) 748-5631 and click here for our PT Services Price List.