Some experts say music works through different brain networks than speech, and that theory has led to a new treatment method for brain injury patients.
As CBS2’s Dr. Max Gomez reported, the treatment combines music therapy with speech pathology
Linda Foote recalls the tense days in November 2014 when her son, Andrew, overdosed on opiates.
“He was unconscious, not breathing, heart not beating for over 30 minutes,” Foote said. “It’s a miracle that he’s still here.
Andrew, 26, was in a coma for two months. When he regained consciousness, he could not walk and he could not talk.
But thanks in part to neurologic music therapy, Andrew has made huge strides.
“Music aids the brain’s ability to heal itself in what we call neuroplasticity, so music can actually help to strengthen connections that we have in our brain and build new connections around where the damage might be,” said Brian Harris of Spaulding Rehab Hospital.
Unlike some therapies, which focus on specific brain centers, music therapy hits them all.
The centers that are responsible for movement, and language, and emotion and cognition are all activated when we just passively listen to music,” Harris said.
Foote said it had an effect on her son.
This post was originally published on CBS Local.