REVAL Rehabilitation Research Center, Faculty of Rehabilitation Sciences, Hasselt University, Belgium
Effects of a 10-week Multimodal Dance and Art Intervention Program Leading to a Public Performance in Persons With Multiple Sclerosis - A Controlled Pilot-Trial
Background: Dance therapy is increasingly reported in neurological diseases for improving several motor and cognitive functions, but was mostly studied in partner dance. No individual choreo-based dance program has ever been reported in MS.
Objectives: The aim of this pilot study is to investigate effects of a ten-week choreo-based dance intervention on different impairments in MS.
Participants: Seventeen participants with MS were allocated to a dance group (DG) or an art group (AG) for a ten-week intervention program, with a public live performance at the end of the intervention.
Methods: The DG received choreo-based dance courses twice a week for 90 min, while the active control AG weekly contributed to the production by painting, music, spoken word and photo- or videography. Measurements for fatigue and fatigability, physical capacity and coordination, sensory function, cognitive capacity, quality of life and dual task performance took place before and after the intervention. Differences were analysed with Wilcoxon Signed Rank test.
Results: Both groups improved significantly on executive cognitive performance during dual task and fatigue. Only the DG improved significantly on functional lower limb strength, hand function, coordination, self-reported balance and walking, and showed a trend towards improving on cognition (PASAT). The AG showed significant improvements in on cognitive function (SDMT).
Conclusion: A ten-week multimodal dance intervention has positive effects on impact of fatigue, physical capacity and coordination, and cognitive performance during a dual task. Larger samples, follow-up measurements and research in different disability groups is recommended.
Center for Arts in Medicine, University of Florida , Gainesville
Movement for multiple sclerosis: a multi-site partnership for practice and research
While dance programs for people with Parkinson's disease (PD) have been developed globally over the past two decades, dance programs for people with multiple sclerosis (MS) are just emerging. This article introduces three dance for MS programs and a multi-site partnership that was developed to evaluate and advance a model for dance for MS programs. The program partners convened over 2 days to share program models, consider current and planned program evaluations, and identify unique challenges and promising practices for delivering safe and effective dance for MS programs. This paper presents the findings of this convening and recommendations for dance for MS programs. Background:While dance programs for people with Parkinson's disease (PD) have been developed globally over the past two decades, dance programs for people with multiple sclerosis (MS) are just emerging. This article introduces three dance for MS programs and a multi-site partnership that was developed to evaluate and advance a model for dance for MS programs. Methods: The program partners convened over 2 days to share program models, consider current and planned program evaluations, and identify unique challenges and promising practices for delivering safe and effective dance for MS programs. Results:A set of promising practices for dance for MS programs, including recommendations for partnership, dance and movement approaches, and environmental, physical and psychosocial considerations, was developed by the program partners. Conclusions: These programs suggest that dance may be a useful modality for people with MS. Recommendations are offered to guide safe and evidence-based dance for MS practices.
Pirogov Russian National Research University, Moscow, Russia
Possibilities of art therapy and color therapy in the rehabilitation of multiple sclerosis
The purpose of the study: To study the effectiveness of non-drug methods of prevention and rehabilitation of patients with various variants of multiple sclerosis (MS) in outpatient settings.
Material and methods: In a group of 35 patients with limited mobility with various variants of the course of MS, continuous art therapy was performed (art lectures, work with various art materials - markers, pastels, etc.). The average duration of the training cycle in the group was 6 months. Classes were held on an outpatient basis, and if it was impossible to attend classes - remotely.
Results: Positive results were obtained in double psychological testing. 68% of patients had decreased levels of depression and anxiety on the HADS scale, 34% of patients refused to take antidepressants. However, positive psychotherapeutic dynamics against the background of art therapy is not a reason to cancel the main basic treatment.
Conclusion: Art therapy-art therapy and, as its division, color therapy (diagnosis of the condition and treatment of color) is a synthesis of medicine, art and psychology. In MS patients, the following color combinations are recommended when working with art materials:stimulating (red, orange, coral, yellow); soothing (green, blue, blue, purple). Negative colors are excluded - black, gray, dirty shades with a mixture of black or gray.
Department of Neurology, Brigham and Women's Hospital, Harvard Medical School, Boston, USA
Genes, brain dynamics and art: the genetic underpinnings of creativity in dancing, musicality and visual arts
Creativity, art and artistic creation in music, dance and visual arts are brain activities specific to humans. Their genetic background remained unexplored for years, but many recent studies have uncovered significant associations with cognition-related genes and loci. These studies are summarized in the present article. Creativity is a trait with heavy genetic influences, which are also associated with mental disorders and altruism. Associated genes include dopaminergic, serotoninergic and other genes (a1-antitrypsin, neuregulin, Brain-derived neurotrophic factor). Music is another complex phenotype with important genetic background. Studies in musicians and their families have highlighted the contribution of loci (e.g., 4q22) and specific genes (vasopressin receptor 1α and serotonin transporter). The latter two are also associated with dancing. Although few studies have investigated visual arts, they appear to be influenced by genetic differences, which could explain the increased prevalence of synesthesia in artists and individuals with autism. Lastly, although genes play an important role in creativity and art, epigenetics and the environment should not be overlooked. The genetic exploration of artistic creativity may provide useful knowledge on cognition, behavior and brain function. It may also enable targeted and personalized art therapy in health and disease.
4D4ALL Lab, Department of Rehabilitation Sciences and Physiotherapy, Center for Health and Technology (CHaT), Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, University of Antwerp, Belgium
Effect of Music Based Therapy Rhythmic Auditory Stimulation (RAS) Using Wearable Device in Rehabilitation of Neurological Patients: A Systematic Review
(1) Background: Even though music therapy is acknowledged to have positive benefits in neurology, there is still a lack of knowledge in the literature about the applicability of music treatments in clinical practice with a neurological population using wearable devices. (2)
Methods: a systematic review was conducted following PRISMA 2020 guidelines on the 29 October 2022, searching in five databases: PubMed, PEDro, Medline, Web of Science, and Science Direct. (3)
Results: A total of 2964 articles were found, including 413 from PubMed, 248 from Web of Science, 2110 from Science Direct, 163 from Medline, and none from PEDro. Duplicate entries, of which there were 1262, were eliminated. In the first screening phase, 1702 papers were screened for title and abstract. Subsequently, 1667 papers were removed, based on population, duplicate, outcome, and poor study design. Only 15 studies were considered after 35 papers had their full texts verified. Results showed significant values of spatiotemporal gait parameters in music-based therapy rhythmic auditory stimulation (RAS), including speed, stride length, cadence, and ROM. (4)
Conclusions: The current findings confirm the value of music-based therapy RAS as a favorable and effective tool to implement in the health care system for the rehabilitation of patients with movement disorders.
The June 2020 paper is interesting - on choreographed dance therapy. Multimodal dance therapy - seeing, listening and copying are strongly associated with coordination and vestibular rehab. It improved fatigue, probably due to improved balance/coordination as well as providing some level of social interaction and cardio exertion. One intervention with many helpful offerings. Thanks for posting