A new study from Iowa State University, US, suggests that singing may have certain benefits for people suffering from Parkinson’s disease. These benefits include improving motor function and a reduction of stress.
For the study, the researchers measured heart rate, blood pressure and cortisol levels in 17 participants with the condition before the one-hour singing session.
Study leader Elizabeth Stegemöller, an assistant professor of kinesiology, explains: “We see the improvement every week when they leave a singing group. It’s almost like they have a little pep in their step. We know they’re feeling better and their mood is elevated. Some of the symptoms that are improving, such as finger tapping and the gait, don’t always readily respond to medication, but with singing, they’re improving.”