The Utilization of Music in Physical Therapy - Part Two

The Utilization of Music in Physical Therapy - Part Two
By Mark R. Baldridge, Nuance Crusaders  #nuance4health, #relax, #positive, #upbeat, #music
Monday, March 9, 2020

The goal of the therapist is to apply different techniques to specific goals. With patients that have hypertonus (increased muscular tension, spasm, tone), the playing of soft songs with low tone results in a decrease in muscle tone (Vivy 2012). The perfect example is my composition Giving, with a tempo of 72 Beats Per Minute (BPM) and lower tones because of the bass melody. However, where you might need to increase tension more than normal, loud and fast paced music would be more desirable (Vivy, 2012). The perfect example of a loud and fast-paced song is my composition "Soon We Will Be Together,” which has a tempo of 174 BPM. Increased tension occurs, because the patient hears the execution of determined music, which produces a different stimulus of opposite movement to
the accompanying rhythm (Vivy, 2012).
To succeed, the therapist needs to achieve the following goals: learn abilities through music, and adopting music and activities to the motor or intellectual and emotional capabilities of the patient (Vivy, 2012). This method could be utilized in several ways, in either individual or in group settings. The goal is to ensures the treatment is adapting the music and activities to the motor and intellectual and emotional capabilities of each patient (Vivy, 2012). What the therapist is trying to accomplish is, instead of isolation, utilizing therapeutic goals to enhance social interaction. Can therapy to enhance social interaction be achieved because of the different taste of adults as opposed to children? It could be possible that one person's health improves more than another's.

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Vivy Sayury Aquite Agudelo. (June 28, 2012). Music As a Tool in Physical Therapy. Efisioterapia


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