Rhythmic auditory stimulation in health care


  • Frances Hendriëhetta Le Roux MSc, PhD, Private Practice, Fish Hoek




One of the primary goals of rehabilitation is to restore mobility through gait training. Recent advances in technology and a culmination of medical research have revealed the role of auditory stimulation as an internalized time keeper for rhythmic patterned movements. The aim of this review was to investigate research on rhythmic auditory stimulation (RAS) in specific conditions in health care. Numerous studies using RAS has been shown to improve gait patterns in hemiplegic gait, parkinson’s disease, traumatic brain injuries, cerebral palsy and Huntington’s disease, but no changes in spinal cord injuries.

Author Biography

Frances Hendriëhetta Le Roux, MSc, PhD, Private Practice, Fish Hoek

PhD – University of Stellenbosch, S.A. (The Effect of Music on the Immune System, Emotions and Lung Functions during Standard Physiotherapy Treatment of Specific Lung Pathology).

Physiotherapist. Private Physiotherapy Practice in Fish Hoek, South Africa for 30 years.

Current research interest and projects on Music, Health Care, Spirituality and Positive Emotions.


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