Community Outreach: Since 1996, the Center for Biomedical Research in Music (CBRM) has offered Neurologic Music Therapy (NMT) based neurorehabilitation groups for members of the local community with mobility/motor deficits. The weekly therapy groups typically consist of eight to ten participants who have experienced stroke or other neurologic diseases such as Parkinson’s disease. Participants are usually no longer eligible for outpatient therapy services though they can still continue to progress in their physical rehabilitation. NMT and Physical therapists conduct the hour-long sessions with assistance from Graduate research assistants and Graduate Music Therapy students.
Comprehensive Music Therapy sessions consist of a generalized, full-body exercise program facilitated by the use of the Patterned Sensory Enhancement (PSE) technique. Upper extremity coordination and balance challenges are presented through the use of the Therapeutic Instrumental Music Playing Technique (TIMP), and individualized gait training is presented through the use of Rhythmic Auditory Stimulation (RAS).
For more information contact Nicole Wilshusen