Walking with music is a safe and viable tool for gait training in Parkinson's disease: the effect of a 13-week feasibility study on single and dual task walking
de Bruin Nutley, Natalie
Doan, Jon B.
Hindawi Publishing Corporation
This study explored the viability and efficacy of integrating cadence-matched, salientmusic into a walking intervention for patients with Parkinson’s disease (PD). Twenty-two people with PD were randomised to a control (CTRL, n = 11) or experimental (MUSIC, n = 11) group. MUSIC subjects walked with an individualised music playlist three times a week for the intervention period. Playlists were designed to meet subject’s musical preferences. In addition, the tempo of the music closely matched (±10– 15 bpm) the subject’s preferred cadence. CTRL subjects continued with their regular activities during the intervention. The effects of training accompanied by “walking songs” were evaluated using objective measures of gait score. The MUSIC group improved gait velocity, stride time, cadence, and motor symptom severity following the intervention. This is the first study to demonstrate that music listening can be safely implemented amongst PD patients during home exercise.
Sherpa Romeo green journal. Open access article. Creative Commons Attribution License (CC BY) applies
Gait performance , Walking with music , Music listening
de Bruin, N., Doan, J.B., Turnbull, G., Suchowersky, O., Bonfield, S., Hu, B., & Brown, L. A. (2010). Walking withi music is a safe and viable tool for gait training in Parkinson's disease: the effect of a 13-week feasibility study on single and dual task walking. Parkinson's Disease, 2010:483530. doi:10.4061/2010/483530