Can music help people with movement disorders like Parkinson’s disease? Elizabeth Tracey reports
Strategies to help people with movement disorders like Parkinson’s disease abound, and now individually prescribed music has been added to the mix.
Alex Pantelyat, a neurologist and director of the Johns Hopkins Center for Music and Medicine, explains.
Pantelyat: What we’ve started doing, through the Johns Hopkins Center for Music and Medicine, is to work on developing precision music medicine. Individualized, targeted music-based interventions for people living with neurodegenerative conditions and moving beyond neurology as well. Music considered relaxing for most is music that approximates one’s resting heart rate, so around 50-60 beats per minute, music that tends to be instrumental, that doesn’t have too much pitch, frequency variability, rhythmic changes, something that is really identified as calm by most people. :33
Pantelyat notes that using music may also be helpful for people with dementia. At Johns Hopkins, I’m Elizabeth Tracey.