The use of music as a form of therapy is not new and dates back to Aristotle and Plato. Music therapy consists of various modalities including music improvisation, receptive music listening, song writing, lyric discussion, music and imagery, music performance, and learning through music.
Music as a form of therapy is utilized to help optimize an individual's emotional well-being, physical health, social functioning, communication abilities, and cognitive skills.
For persons who have had a stroke, the use of music therapy as an effective means of treatment for upper and lower extremity functioning, upper extremity pain perception and mood and behaviour has been studied.
Authors*: Elissa Sitcoff, BA BSc; Sandy Landry, BSc OT; Virginie Bissonnette, BSc OT; Anne-Julie Laforest, BSc OT; Jolyann Lavoi, BSc OT; Valérie Parenteau, BSc OT; Annabel McDermott, OT; Nicol Korner-Bitensky, PhD OT