A Feasibility Study of the Effects of Music and Movement on Physical Function, Quality of Life, Depression, and Anxiety in Patients With Parkinson Disease

Alicia Ann Clair, Kelly E. Lyons, Janet Hamburg


The purpose of this study was to determine the possible effects of an exercise program facilitated by auditory music cues on the motor function, balance, trunk flexibility, upper limb range of motion, self-perceived daily functioning, and self-perceived quality of life in persons with Parkinson diseases (PDs). Pretest and posttest measures for 7 participants resulted in significant improvements in mean Unified Parkinson’s Disease Rating scale (UPDRS) activities of daily living scores, the ‘‘Timed Up and Go’’ test, and trunk rotations to the right and left. It was concluded that the exercise program that includes musical cues for physical movements is feasible as an intervention to improve movement and quality of life in persons with PD. Although the study provides preliminary evidence for the feasibility of the music-facilitated exercise program, further research with a larger cohort is necessary to determine the long-term program outcomes.

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by The International Association for Music & Medicine