Deans' stroke musings

Changing stroke rehab and research worldwide now.Time is Brain!Just think of all the trillions and trillions of neurons that DIE each day because there are NO effective hyperacute therapies besides tPA(only 12% effective). I have 493 posts on hyperacute therapy, enough for researchers to spend decades proving them out. These are my personal ideas and blog on stroke rehabilitation and stroke research. Do not attempt any of these without checking with your medical provider. Unless you join me in agitating, when you need these therapies they won't be there.

What this blog is for:

Shortly after getting out of the hospital and getting NO information on the process or protocols of stroke rehabilitation and recovery I started searching on the internet and found that no other survivor received useful information. This is an attempt to cover all stroke rehabilitation information that should be readily available to survivors so they can talk with informed knowledge to their medical staff. It's quite disgusting that this information is not available from every stroke association and doctors group.
My back ground story is here:http://oc1dean.blogspot.com/2010/11/my-background-story_8.html

Monday, August 1, 2016

Music Therapy Lifts Spirits

But I see no protocol on music therapy on the National Stroke Association site. Without  that protocol all the million of stroke survivors each year are not getting the most appropriate therapy. It would be dangerous to do this without a protocol and your doctors prescription. So ask for a ET(Evaluate and Treat) prescription written to the caregivers by the doctor. I bet you too could write ET on a prescription pad.
http://www.strokesmart.org/Music-Therapy
Music therapy can help stroke survivors with speech and language cognition, lift their moods, and improve coordination by having stroke survivors walk to the beat of the music.
Why can music be such a powerful tool in a stroke survivor’s recovery?
As Erin Wegener, a music therapist at Spectrum Health in Michigan, explains, music accesses the whole brain.
"Researchers examining music and cognitive neuroscience tell us that music actually activates the whole brain.  The elements of music such as pitch, timbre (sound qualities), melody, rhythmic processing, rhythmic execution (playing or moving to rhythm), activate various neural networks throughout the brain,” Wegener says.
“So when specific areas of the brain are damaged, such as Broca's area which controls expressive speech, the brain may be able to draw from the other networks which are active when we play music sing, hum, process or listen to rhythm in order to form new connections.  Because music is complex and activates various networks throughout the brain, there is great potential for neuroplasticity."

A stroke survivor need not have a musical background to benefit from a music therapy.
Moving to the beat of the music is beneficial to stroke survivors as well.

“It’s helpful to them to walk to music, if they can exercise and move within a rhythmic pulse. It can help to coordinate movement,” Wegener says.

To find a music therapist near you visit the American Music Therapy Association website and click on “Find a Music Therapist.”  To check if a professional is a board-certified therapist, visit the Certification Board of Music Therapists website.
Looking to incorporate music for a stroke survivor at home?
Wegener suggests singing and playing “over-learned” songs such “You Are My Sunshine” and “Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star.” Favorite songs of a stroke survivor or songs from their teenage years may also be a big hit.
Aaron Russell, 39, has been helped immensely from music therapy.
“When the music therapist came, with the first strum of his guitar, he lit up,” recalls Norma Russell, Aaron’s mother. “Music is his heart.”
Russell played in two different bands prior to his stroke two years ago.

“He can sing a lot more than he can say and that in itself is a big, big blessing,” says Hastings of her son, who plays in praise band in a chapel near where they live in Texas.
“Music helps him with his spirit and everything he is.”

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