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May 20, 2024

The Power of Music for Parkinson’s Disease

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By Juan Diego Drouet
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Music and Sound are elements that are part of the daily input that we receive through our senses, therefore when the music reaches our ears it influences our emotions, decision-making, and movement patterns.

Parkinson's Disease, a chronic disease of the central nervous system, causes significant difficulties in terms of mobility and quality of life. Music and dance have proven to be an alternative solution that can be applied in our daily tasks as effective tools to overcome these challenges, providing both physical and emotional benefits.

 

Benefits of Music

Music has an important impact on the brain, activating areas responsible for memory, attention, and emotional expression. It can be a valuable therapeutic tool for people with Parkinson's disease. Adding music to your daily activities can improve your productivity because of the stimulation in our brain, sound waves are converted into nerve impulses which are transmitted to different parts of the brain, including the release of dopamine, a neurotransmitter involved in the regulation of the sensation of pleasure.

 

  • Rhythmic Auditory Stimulation: Uses pulsing sounds to synchronize movements with rhythm and improve walking ability.
  • Music-Based Exercise Therapy: Combines physical activity and music to improve motor skills, balance, and mental health.
  • Singing: Improves voice and clarity, especially helpful for voice-related symptoms.
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Dancing to fight Parkinson's disease

Dance, in particular, is very effective for people with Parkinson's disease, through programs such as Dance for PD. Improves coordination and flexibility: Dancing improves coordination, balance, and flexibility, giving you a feeling of strength and grace.

  • Social Environment: Participating in a dance class creates a supportive community where participants can interact and work together.
  • Psychological impact: Dance increases self-confidence, reduces anxiety, and provides creative and liberating opportunities.

 

Music and dance offer people with Parkinson's disease excellent opportunities to improve their quality of life. These activities provide an external beat or impulse of a rhythmic nature that not only provides physical benefits but also strengthens social and emotional bonds and creates an environment of support and hope.

David Leventhal, founder of Dance for PD, says “Music and Dance can fill the void left by the challenges of illness” and offer a way to maintain quality of life.

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