Can Music Help Treat a Severe Brain Injury?

(The Standard) – London scientists on Thursday launched the UK’s first trial into whether music therapy can help patients recover from severe brain injury.

The trial, at the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery in Bloomsbury, will assess whether activities like playing an instrument or singing could help patients with stroke and aphasia.

Previous studies have suggested that music therapy can improve memory and mood. Participants will enrol in a 3 to 4 month intensive programme, with sessions including activities such as playing instruments, singing familiar songs and making music from scratch. The therapy will be tailored to suit each individual patient. CONTINUE