Sensorimotor techniques support movement goals related to coordination, range-of-motion, balance, strength, endurance, and activities of daily living. Rhythm, melody, and dynamics are used to cue and facilitate movement or to improve an individual’s perception of the target movement.
Precise parameters and the spatial and temporal aspects of the movement represented by musical elements increases the quality of the target movement, allowing for increased rehabilitation potential. The clinical use of instrument playing can target and encourage specific movements. The use of instruments also provides an auditory feedback cue, supporting the feedforward-feedback loop in movement execution.

Who might benefit?

People with acquired brain injury, Alzheimer’s and dementia, autism, brain tumour, cerebral palsy, stroke, Huntington’s Disease, Parkinson’s Disease, multiple sclerosis, muscular dystrophy and other neurological conditions affecting movement.

"Rhythm and harmony find their way into the inward places of the soul."


Dr. Shane Cassidy is the founder of Neurolinks. He is an accredited and experienced music therapist, registered with IACAT.


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