Therapeutic role of music listening in stroke rehabilitation

Ann N Y Acad Sci. 2009 Jul;1169:426-30. doi: 10.1111/j.1749-6632.2009.04776.x.


We performed two parallel interview studies of stroke patients (n= 20) and professional nurses (n= 5) to gain more insight into the therapeutic role of music listening in stroke rehabilitation. Results suggest that music listening can be used to relax, improve mood, and provide both physical and mental activation during the early stages of recovery from stroke. Thus, music listening could provide a useful clinical tool in stroke rehabilitation.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Cognition / physiology
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Interviews as Topic
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Music Therapy*
  • Stroke / therapy*
  • Stroke Rehabilitation*