The power of music! How therapy can improve neurological conditions

A music therapy group are gifting clients iPads and tablets so that they can continue to have the vital support they need during extreme social distancing measures.

Not-for-profit organisation Chiltern, who provide music therapy and community music to people of all ages across the UK, help people with a range of conditions including dementia, brain injury, mental health, neonatal and paediatric intensive care, and learning disabilities.

Their clients range from 30-week gestational age to their oldest of 97-years-old.

Chiltern provides therapy to people of all ages across the UK

The team at Chiltern launched an appeal in a desperate bid to find their way through the Coronavirus, raising a whopping £8,000 at the time of publication which will allow them to purchase and send devices to patients so that they can continue with their progress.

While standard music therapy involves making music to improve wellbeing, Neurologic Music Therapy (NMT) uses a number of specific techniques to improve patients’ conditions in three main areas – cognition, communication, and movement. 

Speaking to Uspire, Chiltern’s managing director Rosie Axon explained: “We work with society’s most vulnerable and isolated people. We are acutely aware that music has often been the lifeline to these people.

Neurologic Music Therapy (NMT) improves cognition, communication and movement

“Music enables the isolated elderly to keep hold of their memories for longer. Music helps children with brain injury take small steps and turn them into giant leaps. Music increases oxygen saturation levels in an infant’s severely developed lungs.

“In the last two weeks, our team of over 50 music therapists have been working tirelessly to create inclusive and accessible content that will help patients and others during this crisis. We all realise now, more than ever what it is like to be isolated.”

Chiltern are now working on a campaign called Musical Medicine Sessions, whereby they are asking artists to collaborate with their therapists to provide a live gig – broadcast to the care homes, hospitals, and residential homes that they work with – to celebrate and connect with the hundreds of people who are now unable to see family and loved ones.

For more info, visit Chiltern Music Therapy.