The power of music


Researcher Michael Thaut, Ph D, who heads the Center for Biomedical Research in Music at Colorado State University has been using music therapy with stroke victims as part of their rehabilitation. Says Thaut, “The brain’s motor system has a strong capacity to use rhythm as a timekeeper to guide and organise physical functions. Those who listen to 30 minutes of music during their rehab showed significant improvements in their ability to walk faster and more steadily than those whose rehab doesn’t include music”.