Support Music Therapy
Craig Hospital boasts many unique therapy options, but only one that uses Bieber, the Beatles and Beethoven to meet rehabilitation goals.
Music Therapy program uses the neuroscience of music to help individuals with spinal cord and traumatic brain injuries make clinical strides in areas ranging from breath control to regulation of attention and gait patterns.
The program relies on donor support because many insurance companies limit the number of therapy sessions to strictly Occupation, Physical, or Speech Therapy. Gifts to the Music Therapy program allow Craig to offer this effective treatment to patients who can make greater strides in functional skills like walking, speaking or daily activities through music.
Patients are referred to the program by their doctor. Patients meet with the therapist up to three times a week for one-half to one hour one-on-one sessions.
A session might involve reaching for a tambourine or playing a drum to get an arm moving, singing exercises to help with breath control and projection, or walking in time with the rhythm of an autoharp.
Music therapy is something I really enjoy. To me, music is very soothing and I have a blast in there no matter what I’m doing—it’s a big part of my therapy.”Elias Marmon, TBI/SCI Patient
Why Music Therapy?
Music is a non-threatening medium that is motivating and engaging for individuals of all ages. Ongoing scientific research shows that music is processed on both sides of the brain. Music is processed in a different way than some other mediums such as speech. This unique processing can create opportunities for some exciting and unique results. Neurologic music therapy is appropriate for individuals with no musical experience, and also for individuals with musical experience. The music therapist is a competent musician who is trained to create successful and challenging applications that meet a person’s unique needs.
Benefits of Neurologic Music Therapy for Survivors of Traumatic Brain Injury:
- Improves arousal and sensory stimulation
- Improves motor movement (strength, endurance, timing, range of motion)
- Improves speech rate, intelligibility and initiation
- Improves speaking prosody
- Improves attention
- Improves executive functioning skills (planning, decision making, evaluating)
- Improves mood control and social competence
- Improves appropriate emotional expression