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Portland Startup Makes Music Therapy App To Help Stroke Survivors Walk Again
We all know firsthand that music can improve your mood, but it can also have real, measurable effects on brain chemistry. A Portland-based startup tech company is developing a new device that’s designed to improve mobility in people who’ve had strokes by retraining the brain to walk again, using the music of their choice.
At a coworking space in Portland, neurologic music therapist Brian Harris works with two stroke survivors. He and his team at MedRhythms are testing a device dubbed The Stride that they hope will soon revolutionize the world of music therapy.
“With them it’s like, oh my goodness. I felt like I was walking so fast. I’ve never walked that fast in my life. I felt like I wanted to run,” says Deb Hanmer, who is participating in the trials.
Hanmer had a stroke 20 years ago and has since undergone many different therapies.
“I have physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy. I’ve done yoga … Thai massage,” she says.
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