Music/ Dance Therapy for CP Patients

Deborah J. Gaebler-Spira, MD, Director, Cerebral Palsy Program, Early Intervention Program, Professor of Pediatrics and PM&R, Northwestern Feinberg School of Medicine at the  Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago, has done research on the role of dance therapy and  music therapy in children with cerebral palsy.
She has developed some studies on the effect of music on movement and how it can be used to train movement in children that have cerebral palsy. It makes intuitive sense that people move much better with music. She has analyzed how music can change, for example, the length of the motor segments in an arm task. She has found evidence that certain types of music can also assist with relaxation. There are different musical genres or rhythms that are more likely to produce a slow movement, which would not necessarily elicit a quick stretch, vis a vis those that would be more excitatory and therefore result in more spasticity. Dr. Gaebler-Spira says that this is only preliminary research, and  is very interesting. She also says that it probably has applicability to other disorders.
Aside from the values and advantages of music or dance therapy as a tool for Cerebral Palsy for children and adults other physical therapy products such as the TUTOR system are available for rehabilitation use as well for  CP, MS, brain or spinal cord injuries, stroke, Parkinson’s disease, Radial and Ulnar nerve injuries and several other upper or lower limb disabilities.
The Meditouch rehabilitation system consists of the HANDTUTOR, ARMTUTOR, LEGTUTOR and 3DTUTOR which are ergonomic wearable devices together with powerful dedicated rehabilitation software. The TUTORs are indicated for children from the age of 5 and up as well as adults at  home through telerehabilitation.
The TUTOR system consists of motivating and challenging games that allow the patient to practice isolated and/or interjoint coordination exercises. This exercise practice  helps to prevent the development of compensatory movement patterns. The therapists monitor the exercise and customize a specific program for that patient. The TUTOR system optimizes the patient’s sensory, cognitive and motor performance in order to better perform everyday functional tasks.
Fully certified by the FDA and CE the TUTORs are currently in use in leading U.S. and European hospitals and clinics. See WWW.MEDITOUCH.CO.IL for further information.

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