Partners HealthCare

Partners HealthCare Annual Report 2016

Issue link: http://partnershealthcare.uberflip.com/i/813696

Contents of this Issue

Navigation

Page 10 of 55

The newly launched outpatient program follows on the heels of Spaulding's suc- cessful inpatient NMT program, the first of its kind in the nation. "Spaulding has always been at the forefront of tech- nologies and treatments for people recovering from trauma," says Rob Welch, Senior Vice President of Outpatient Ser- vices at Spaulding. "With this outpatient service, we can continue music-associated rehabilitation months and years out from patients' injuries." In therapy sessions, patients engage in activities such as clapping or walking to the beat of played music, which fires the motor centers of the brain. A new Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital (Spaulding) partnership with Boston and Portland, Maine-based MedRhythms is making use of music's deeply rooted neural pathways to help heal brain tissue injured by trauma or illness. The Neurologic Music Therapy (NMT) Program harnesses the neuroscience of music therapy – which recognizes music as a hard-wired brain language – in therapeutic applications that address the cognitive, sensory, and motor dysfunctions triggered by stroke, conditions like Alzheimer's or Parkinson's Disease, or traumatic impact. In therapy sessions, patients engage in activities such as clapping or walking to the beat of played music, which fire the motor centers of the brain as they process the sounds of external rhythm. The activities help enhance and restore cognitive functions, including memory, attention span, and focus. Harnessing Healing with Music SPAULDING REHABILITATION HOSPITAL | MEDRHY THMS

Articles in this issue

Links on this page

view archives of Partners HealthCare - Partners HealthCare Annual Report 2016