Singing aids people with Parkinson’s
LONDON: Singing could reduce stress and improve symptoms for people with Parkinson’s disease.
A pilot study has revealed that belting out a song improved mood and motor symptoms, as well as reduced physical indicators of stress.
Experts at Iowa State University in the US looked at how singing affects heart rate, blood pressure and cortisol levels in patients.
They measured these levels for 17 participants before and after a onehour group singing session. All three levels were reduced afterwards and participants reported feeling less anxious and sad.
Researchers presented their findings at the Society for Neuroscience’s annual conference in California.
The team’s previous findings showed that for people with Parkinson’s, singing helped respiratory control and the muscles used for swallowing. | Daily Mail