Who is Dance Therapy For?

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Alzheimer’s, a disease that leads to the degeneration of brain cells and brain connections, and destroys memory, is incurable. The disease progresses with time. As it can not be cured, the best that can be done is to manage it as best as possible. Individuals with Alzheimer’s often find themselves lost, wandering, repeating questions, forgetting answers, and having problems handling normal tasks. These out-turns greatly impair their daily activities and make their lives and those around them much more difficult. Apart from medication and other forms of therapy, dance therapy is another effective way of managing Alzheimer’s that we can explore.

Recovery Through Dancing

This same method, dance therapy, has been said to be a safe way of helping patients that are recovering from covid. Patients recovering from covid have reported the persistence of one or more symptoms. These symptoms, including fatigue, cough, dyspnea, and especially headaches, persisted several weeks after discharge. Dance therapy has been considered a relatively effective treatment to help these patients get through these difficult times. It has a positive influence on the physical, mental, and psychological functions of the body.

Dance therapy, with the use of movement psychotherapeutically, helps to improve an individual’s physical, social, and spiritual well-being, all at the same time. The use of dance therapy is based on the belief that all these aspects of the individual work hand-in-hand, are interconnected, and that one can not function without the other.

In the case of individuals with Alzheimer’s, the problems that the confusion and impaired cognitive function cause lead them to reduce their social interaction and have mood changes. Dance therapy helps make them feel more pleasant, helps them improve their moods, reduces their depressive symptoms, and increases their social interaction abilities. 

Self Awareness and Cognitive Functions

Regarding social interaction and communication, dance therapy uses non-verbal means, which helps the patients improve their consciousness. Improvement of this consciousness makes them more self-aware and helps them to improve their cognitive functions. This means they have a better grasp of reality and an improved orientation of time and space, which improves their memory, at least slightly. From this perspective, it is clear how beneficial dance therapy can be for these individuals.

Patients recovering from covid are dealing with quite a number of symptoms. Dance therapy for them has been otherwise called dance-based mind-motor movement. This form of therapy focuses on dynamic balance and a connection to the core of their being. It has a positive effect on their respiratory functions. 

This indirectly can help with a cough, dyspnea, or any other respiratory symptom that persists after treatment. It also improves their motor and psychological functions, which positively affects fatigue and myalgia. It also helps improve their mental state and reduce symptoms of anxiety and depression. 

Positive Social Interactions

Performing dance activities in pairs also helps improve the chances of positive social interactions. It is considered a safe method because of its convenience and the absence of side effects. Our company offers therapy dance classes; click here if you would love to learn more.