Music may aid stroke recovery: study

Stroke victims could make a quicker journey on the road to recovery if they take up a musical instrument, researchers claim.

Experts at Goldsmiths, University of London, have said that playing an instrument could help the rehabilitation of stroke survivors.

A very small study examined the spatial awareness of patients before and after four sessions with a music therapist and structured homework, which was completed twice a day.

The authors said that people recovering from so-called "neglect" - when damage to one side of the brain is suffered following a stroke causing spatial awareness problems on the opposite side of the patient's body - can benefit from such schemes.

They examined two patients who were taught how to play chime bars.

As the pair improved, the research team increased the distance between the chime bars to encourage the patients to play further into

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