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Posted by on May 31, 2019 in Parkinson's Disease | 0 comments

In a nutshell

This study investigated the effects of singing in the treatment of patients with Parkinson's disease (PD). Researchers suggested that singing can increase voice and respiratory function in these patients.

Some background

Parkinson disease attacks certain brain cells. The body functions controlled by those cells, such as muscle function or even talking will be affected. Up to 90% of these patients have talking complications that affect their quality of life. This complication consists of reduced voice amplitude, limited respiratory capacity, among others. The standard PD medication has only a limited effect on treating these symptoms.

Singing is a potential therapy for patients living with abnormal talking ability. It has been shown that singing therapy increases respiratory skills and improves voice. However, too little is known about this therapy in patients with PD.

Methods & findings

This study included information about 75 patients with PD. Patients were assigned to receive no treatment or singing treatment (ParkinSong) every week or every month for over 3 months. The therapy included voice, respiratory and talking exercises.

Weekly participants improved their voice skills more than monthly participants. Improvements were seen in voice intensity, maximum exhaling pressure and voice-related quality of life. Voice outcomes decreased in the no treatment group.

The bottom line

This study concluded that singing might be a good option to treat talking difficulties in patients with PD.

The fine print

Participants in the weekly group were treated by music and talking therapists. The monthly group was treated by volunteer musicians. The higher level of skills of the therapists in the weekly group can be associated with improved outcomes.

Published By :

Neurorehabilitation and neural repair

Date :

May 12, 2019

Original Title :

ParkinSong: A Controlled Trial of Singing-Based Therapy for Parkinson’s Disease.

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