By Cathy Chapman, Patient Representative, the MSA Coalition

Music engages multiple areas in the brain involved in emotions, cognition and motor function.

It has been shown that Singing Music Therapy can improve breathing control and exercise vocal muscles that affect swallowing and speech. You can sing along to a recording of your favorite song, or if you need help with the lyrics, search up a “lyric video” or “karaoke video” on YouTube. Have fun with your favorite songs while you exercise your vocal muscles!

Also, creating your own personal collection of songs that bring joy, relaxation and special memories is another way to start your music therapy. Sharing your songs with your care partner, family and friends is a good way to spend time together and start your own Sing-A-Long. There is power in music.