The power of music

Due to demographic change, age-related brain diseases such as Dementia, Parkinson's disease and Stroke are on the increase. Movement therapy is important to counteract the consequences of such serious illnesses. If life gets out of sync in such a way, therapists are increasingly relying on the power of music to promote motor learning processes. The German medical technology company THERA-Trainer and the Max Planck spin-off JYMMiN have developed a novel app called THERA-music for this purpose.

Regular movement therapy is essential for people with neurological diseases to regain and promote mobility and independence. Neuroscientific findings prove this: To promote the regeneration and reformation of neural pathways in the brain, exercise must be as intense as possible and practiced with high repetition of movements. To achieve this, therapists are increasingly relying on the power of music.

"Rhythms and sounds are neurobiologically anchored surprisingly deep in the human brain," explains neuroscientist Prof. Dr. Thomas Fritz of the Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences in Leipzig. With his research group, he has intensively researched the influence of music on movement and physical exertion and put the findings into practice. The Leipzig-based start-up JYMMiN, in which Fritz is involved, transforms movements into music. Using responsive sensor technology on sports equipment (like that found in fitness centers), workouts can be translated into harmonic rhythms and melodies.

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