Music therapy and physical impairment

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The term physical impairment can indicate a range of different conditions. These include congenital disabilities such as cerebral palsy and spina bifida and progressive conditions such as muscular dystrophy. We also include here conditions that create lung weakness, such as asthma, cystic fibrosis or lung disease.

Potential benefits

Every course of music therapy is different, and there are no set results. However, some of the ways that people with physical impairment have been found to benefit from music include:

  • rhythm of music stimulates movement
  • achieving better muscle co-ordination, balance and strength
  • developing motor skills needed for holding and making use of objects (e.g. a beater)
  • helping to co-ordinate muscle patterns needed for walking etc.
  • music promotes relaxation which in turn is good for releasing muscular tightness
  • use of voice and wind instruments facilitates language development and improves breath control for those with breathing difficulties, promoting physical health
  • increased mobility improves mental and emotional wellbeing
  • boosting confidence and self-esteem, improving mood and social skills

If you’d like to speak to one of our therapists about music therapy and physical impairment, get in touch or find out how to make a referral for you or on behalf of an organisation.