Making music after stroke: using musical activities to enhance arm function

Frederike van Wijck, Don Knox, Colin Dodds, Gianna Cassidy, Gillian Alexander, Raymond MacDonald

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A common long-term consequence of stroke is impaired arm function, which affects independence and quality of life in a considerable proportion of stroke survivors. There is a growing need for self-management strategies that enable stroke survivors to continue their recovery after rehabilitation has ceased. Interventions with high-intensity, repetitive task training and feedback are most likely to improve function. Achieving the required amount of self-practice is challenging, however. Innovative approaches are required to translate therapies into rewarding activities that can be undertaken independently. This paper describes the key principles and development of a novel intervention that integrates individuals’ preferred music with game technology in upper limb rehabilitation.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)305-311
Number of pages7
JournalAnnals of the New York Academy of Sciences
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2012


  • stroke
  • rehabilitation
  • music therapy
  • arm function


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