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SOUND SUPPORT FOR LIVES AFFECTED BY ALS

SOUND SUPPORT FOR LIVES AFFECTED BY ALS

Singing helps to slow down swallow ability decline, reports Daily Mail

Our colleagues from Iowa State University are finding that music therapy singing programs delay swallow ability decline for people with Parkinson’s:

  • Muscles worked in singing also are used during swallowing and respiratory functions 

  • Experts from Iowa State University created music therapy classes  

  • Participants who attended the classes reported it significantly helped their throat muscles that had declined due to Parkinson’s 

  • Four cities in Iowa now offer these classes for those with the disease

Full article can be found here.

People with ALS / MND may benefit from singing with a music therapist, too, according to the preliminary results of our study. However, it is crucial to perform singing exercises in moderation, carefully balancing strengthening with relaxation.

Written by

Alisa Apreleva, PhD, MT-BC, NMT

Alisa Apreleva, PhD, MT-BC, NMT

International expert on harnessing the power of live and recorded music to improve people's lives. Certified music therapist, neurologic music therapist. Entrepreneur. Speaker. Performing musician, composer. Educator. Author. Storyteller. Researcher focused on vocal therapy for wellbeing and responsive music environments.

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