Our colleagues from Iowa State University are finding that music therapy singing programs delay swallow ability decline for people with Parkinson’s:
Muscles worked in singing also are used during swallowing and respiratory functions
Experts from Iowa State University created music therapy classes
Participants who attended the classes reported it significantly helped their throat muscles that had declined due to Parkinson’s
Four cities in Iowa now offer these classes for those with the disease
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People with ALS / MND may benefit from singing with a music therapist, too, according to the preliminary results of our study. However, it is crucial to perform singing exercises in moderation, carefully balancing strengthening with relaxation.