To dance beneath the diamond sky



To dance beneath the diamond sky“. photo of Clematis drummondii by Robert Kamper. All rights reserved.


Something not really research related: An article in the St. Paul – Minneapolis ParkBugle about a Women’s Drumming Center. But for anyone dealing with stress, the quotes from teachers and students speak volumes about the power of community and rhythms.  People with Parkinson’s could do worse than follow this lead. ( I happen to have a warm-up protocol for a Parkinson’s music group I was in that begins with beating a drum and progresses to call and responses rhythms, much like this group).

Over at University of Michigan’s blog, Victor Kartch reports on anecdotal and scientific evidence on the uses of music as medicine in his January 11, 2017, Health Yourself column. He does list some references, as well as listing some of the conditions for which music has been used as therapy with positive results. Slight quibble: music therapy is used here in a very broad and loosely defined sense, which does not bother me, but might be viewed negatively by professionals in the business of music therapy, where a stricter definition of music therapy as a specific prescription for a specific symptom or condition might be considered the norm.

The Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) has an article titled “Move your arm like a swan” reporting on Dance for PD  and the “demedicalization” (my spell checker doesn’t think that’s a word) of Parkinson’s. The full article is free and there is also a link to download a copy of the article in PDF.  A related article on a Google Glass app that uses augmented reality is also linked to, is available for free, and has a link to download the full article in PDF. It’s like Christmas in January!