Research in India demonstrates that dance and music therapy can help reduce progression of Parkinson’s disease

NEW DELHI, April 10 (IANS) – A recent study conducted by the Jaslok Hospital and Research Centre in Mumbai has found that dance and music therapy combined with meditation can help slow down the progression of Parkinson’s disease, a degenerative brain disorder. Parkinson’s is known for impairing motor functions and causing tremors, muscle contractions, and speech difficulties.

The study involved 28 individuals diagnosed with mild to moderate Parkinson’s over six months, randomly assigned to either a therapy or control group. Principal Investigator Paresh Doshi stated, “Dance and music therapy combined with meditation not only improved the quality of life of the patients, but also improved the motor disability of the condition.” This combination also positively impacted mood, behavior, anxiety, depression, and memory functions.

These results suggest that incorporating dance, music, and meditation into treatment could greatly enhance the quality of life for Parkinson’s patients. Additionally, the therapy showed benefits for the well-being and quality of life of caregivers as well. The study highlights the importance of exploring alternative therapies to manage Parkinson’s comprehensively.

According to the researchers, there is currently no cure for Parkinson’s disease, and the symptoms worsen over time. However, therapies like dance, music, and meditation can help manage the condition and potentially slow its progression. This research underscores the potential benefits of integrating holistic approaches to improve the lives of those affected by Parkinson’s.

In conclusion, the study by Jaslok Hospital and Research Centre reveals promising results for incorporating dance and music therapy with meditation in the treatment of Parkinson’s disease. This alternative approach not only improves the quality of life but also addresses motor disabilities, mood, anxiety, and memory functions in patients, highlighting the potential for a more comprehensive management of the condition.


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