What is Neurologic Music Therapy?
Based upon neuroscience research, Neurologic Music Therapy (NMT) provides specific, individualized, and standardized interventions for those affected by neurologic injury or disease. NMT differs from traditional Music Therapy as it views music not as a social science model for well being, but as a neuroscience model, where music is a hard-wired brain language.
NMT is the therapeutic application of music to cognitive, sensory, and motor dysfunctions due to neurologic disease of the human nervous system. Treatment techniques are based on the scientific knowledge of music perception and production and the effects thereof nonmusical brain and behavior functions.
NMT was researched and developed by the Academy of Neurologic Music Therapy in Fort Collins, Colorado. The first certification program of NMT was held in 1999. Since then, Neurologic Music Therapy has seen rapid growth in healthcare.
How NMT Works:
Neurological Music Therapy serves across the spectrum of high and low functioning patients, and focuses on 3 key goal areas:
1. Speech & Language, 2. Sensorimotor, and 3. Cognition
Speech & Language
As seen in the case studies below, recovery of speech and language
is just one of the applications of Neurologic Music Therapy.
Common injuries and diseases associated with loss of speech and
language include, but is not limited to: Aphasia, Stroke, and
Apraxia. NMT helps to reverse the damage done through a series
of specialized interventions, including Musical Speech
Stimulation and Melodic Intonation Therapy.
Neurologic Music Therapy can provide improved outcomes for
movement in a range of categories, including Gait Training. The
Case Study shown is one example of outcomes that can be
achieved using Neurologic Music Therapy, in comparison to
traditional Physical Therapy.
Neurologic Music Therapy can provide improvements in cognition
for the following areas: Attention, Memory, Initiation, Executive
Function, and Neglect.
Senator Gabby Giffords Recovers With NMT.
Senator Gabby Giffords
Neurologic Music Therapy first hit the world stage when U.S. Congresswoman Gabby Giffords was able to recover language and relearn to walk following her tragic gunshot wound to the head in 2011. Here is a video where she talks about the impact of the therapy on her life:
When we first met Peter, he had suffered a Stroke, which resulted in Non-fluent Aphasia, and left him unable to speak.We began intensive Neurologic Music Therapy treatment, which consisted of Musical Speech Stimulation and Melodic Intonation Therapy. These specific interventions are targeted toward language rehabilitation in Stroke victims.
As a result of this therapy, Peter experienced drastic outcomes. To see his improvements in action, check out this video:
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