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New Framework for Rehabilitation - Fusion of Cognitive and Physical Rehabilitation: The Hope for Dancing

By Prabhjot eDhami, Sylvain eMoreno, Sylvain eMoreno and Joseph F X DeSouza and Joseph F X DeSouza

Abstract

Neurorehabilitation programs are commonly employed with the goal to help restore functionality in patients. However, many of these therapies report only having a small impact. In response to the need for more effective and innovative approaches, rehabilitative methods that take advantage of the neuroplastic properties of the brain have been used to aid with both physical and cognitive impairments. Following this path of reasoning, there has been a particular interest in the use of physical exercise as well as musical related activities. Although such therapies demonstrate potential, they also have limitations that may affect their use, calling for further exploration. Here, we propose dance as a potential parallel to physical and music therapies. Dance may be able to aid with both physical and cognitive impairments, particularly due to it combined nature of including both physical and cognitive stimulation. Not only does it incorporate physical and motor skill related activities, but also provides cognitive stimulation through engaging various cognitive functions such as perception, emotion, memory, all done in an enriched environment. Other more practical benefits, such as promoting adherence due to being enjoyable, are also discussed, along with the current literature on the application of dance as an intervention tool, as well as future directions required to evaluate the potential of dance as an alternative therapy in neurorehabilitation

Topics: Neurorehabilitation, plasticity, dance, combined therapy, music therapy., Psychology, BF1-990
Publisher: Frontiers Media S.A.
Year: 2015
DOI identifier: 10.3389/fpsyg.2014.01478
OAI identifier: oai:doaj.org/article:849f1860690940d7a2b82afb3fb4e75c
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