Rhythm and music are beneficial to persons who have suffered a stroke.
Now it has been proved! People who have suffered a stroke find that they get better if they
receive rhythm and music based therapy (RGRM®) in a structured manner. This is shown in a
recent Swedish research study, published in the respected publication Stroke.
-”This study shows that you can still get better, even years after a stroke. With the help of motivating and stimulating programmes, involving both the physical and social environment, the brain can increase its activity and recuperation”, says Michael Nilsson, visiting professor at Sahlgrenska Academy and head of Hunter Medical Research Institute in Australia, one of the researchers behind this study.
The rhythm and music based therapy, RGRM® means that the patients execute movements with their hands and feet in time with the music, guided by impressions via sight and hearing. The degree of difficulty is successively increased. The study shows that RGRM® improved the stroke patients’ balance, ability to grip and work memory.
”It seems that it is the combination of different activities and stimuli, rather than the separate components, that give extra positive effects during rehabilitation of persons suffering from the effects of a stroke”, says the principal author of the research study, PhD Lina Bunketorp Käll.
Evidence based treatment
123 Swedish men and women between the ages of 50 and 75, who have suffered a stroke between 10 months up to 5 years ago, were randomly placed to three different groups
1/ RGRM® 2/ Hippo therapy or 3/ a control group who received RGRM® treatment at a later stage. The therapies were given twice a week for twelve weeks.
After the treatment series, three respective six months later the participants in the groups were asked ’did they feel any improvement ́ also their ability to walk, to balance, to grip and their cognition were tested.
The participants in the two first groups felt bigger improvements than the control group. Significantly increased improvement was found in 38 % in group one and 56 % in group two compared with 17 % in the third group.
RGRM® that trains leaders in rhythm and music based therapy, is due to open its first centre in Helsingborg in August -17. RGRM® certifies leaders to execute according to the methods protocol. (Supplementary file ll, Panel ll in the study).
At present there are 350 leaders in Sweden with approved education according to RGRM®. -”We now hope that this research study encourage health care providers in other countries to use this evidence based method - RGRM® not least because this is the most cost effective of the available treatments.” Says Magnus Liljeroos, Physiotherapist, RGRM® International. RGRM® is now deployed outside Sweden through licence agreement.
Contact person RGRM®:
Magnus Liljeroos, Chairman of RGRM Sverige AB and RGRM® International +4670-738 71 14, email@example.com, www.rgrm.se
Contact persons regarding the study:
Visiting professor Michael Nilsson, +6141 747 48 92, firstname.lastname@example.org
PhD Lina Bunketorp Käll,+4670–972 31 01, email@example.com
Professor emeritus Christian Blomstrand, +4673–901 10 50, firstname.lastname@example.org