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Music-based interventions for neurological rehabilitation

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Music’s potential for aiding the rehabilitation of people with various neurological conditions has been demonstrated.

Evidence is greatest for stroke and dementia, but music-based interventions can also help cognition, motor function and emotional well-being in people with Parkinson’s disease, epilepsy and multiple sclerosis.

Neurogenesis in the adult brain has no effect on brain recovery, so restoration relies on the ability of spared neurones to compensate by forming new synapses to remodel the injured networks.

This has traditionally meant exercises to target specific weakness, but an alternative strategy is to increase overall levels of brain activity through sensory stimulation, such as music.

In patients who have had a stroke, balance and gait improve with rhythmic auditory stimulation, while

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