Symptoms of Parkinson’s disease improve with singing, study finds

A study led by researchers from Griffith University has found that symptoms of Parkinson’s disease can be improved with regular singing.

Over 70 patients participated in the study run through Queensland Conservatorium of Music, which incorporated singing, warm ups, vocal cord and breathing exercises, to learn more about ‘how song could help battle the disease’, improving mobility and the overall quality of life.

It didn’t matter how well participants in the study could carry a tune, they simply had to commit to singing one hour each week for six months.

All of the patients involved in the trial reported an increase in self confidence and well being from taking part. Tremors associated with the disease were also reduced in some singers.

The outcomes and findings reaffirm, once again, the broad range of benefits to the individual in belonging to a community singing group or choir.

Read the original article in full, here.




4 thoughts on “Symptoms of Parkinson’s disease improve with singing, study finds”

  1. yes, I had a client last year for who Parkinsons started in her 30’s . She was now 40, and she reported reduced anxiety and tremors after a few sessions. She also said that it made her speech much more understandable, and that her parents were eternally grateful because when she called them, way over in Europe, they could actually understand what she was saying.


  2. I had this experience with a particpant after one session. A man who never sang, according to his wife of 40 years, discovered he had the most beautiful baritone sound and his symptoms stopped during the 1 hour workshop. They both had terars in their eyes. It was an awesome thing!


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