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Portland Startup Makes Music Therapy App To Help Stroke Survivors Walk Again
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coolpinkone
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Portland Startup Makes Music Therapy App To Help Stroke Survivors Walk Again

  MAR 13, 2018

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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Fiddlerman
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March 19, 2018 - 10:50 am
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Very interesting. I know that music has a lot of power. Have witnessed it on many occasions. It's like medicine for the soul and evidently the brain as well. 🙂

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I agree on the power of music for a tonic for the soul and brain. 

(thanks for the edit...) . 🙂

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March 21, 2018 - 2:47 pm
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Did I? I think I just changed it so that users end up on our page instead. 🙂

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I was just reading about the Mozart Effect for alzheimers patients.  There is something very fundamental about the human experience of music.

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April 6, 2018 - 9:53 am
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Very true. The effect of music is way more influential than we think.
I sometimes use it to change my mood. 🙂

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