Music training and functional gait performance in Parkinson's disease

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de Bruin Nutley, Natalie
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Lethbridge, Alta. : University of Lethbridge, Dept. of Neuroscience, c2012
Music is a powerful stimulus for movement. This thesis examined the effects of music on walking performance. First, the effect of music salience (familiarity and enjoyment) and tempo on walking performance was examined amongst healthy young adults. Subsequently, the safety and efficacy of incorporating salient music into a comprehensive walking program was investigated amongst people with mild to moderate Parkinson’s disease (PD). Music was found to be effective in influencing walking performance; furthermore the magnitude of change was influenced by the salience of music to the listener. Walking performance and motor symptom severity were significantly improved amongst people living with PD following a 13-week music-accompanied walking program. These findings imply that music may be a safe, effective, and enjoyable alternative to the traditional auditory cues currently used in gait rehabilitation programs. These results also have implications for intervention participation and adherence and as a consequence patient mobility and quality of life.
xiv, 176 leaves : ill. ; 29 cm
Parkinson's disease -- Research , Parkinson's disease -- Patients -- Effect of music on , Music therapy , Music, Influence of , Gait in humans -- Research , Walking -- Therapeutic use , Dissertations, Academic