SOMATIC AND PSYCHOSOMATIC TARGET GROUPS
Neurotango® application examples from somatics and psychosomatics
- Wheelchair users
- Visual impairments
- Hearing impairments
- Walking impediments
- Muscular problems
- Cardiovascular problems
- Breathing problems
- Balance problems
- Rehab after accidents
- Language problems
- General movement restrictions
- Stress-related somatic symptoms
- Stroke rehab
- Pain therapy
The impact and effect observed in these target groups can be found here.
Application of Neurotango® in somatic und psychosomatic fields
Neurotango® as movement therapy with music
In the case of physical dysfunctions, the connection between exercise and physical impact is initially much more obvious than in the field of neurology or psychology. The gentle training method accompanied by music is not only fun and therefore very motivating, but also less painful than many other forms of therapy. Chronic pain patients even report freedom from pain during the exercise sessions. With Neurotango, the purely physical training, i.e. building up muscles, more flexibility, fitness, balance is just an added bonus.
Various clinics, including the Diana Clinic, use Neurotango® techniques with stroke patients to achieve faster results. The high motivation of the patients is of great benefit. In the meantime, the Charité Berlin is also using the holistic approach with post-covid patients.
Advantages of Tango Therapy (Neurotango®)
- All exercises and movements involve cognitive abilities and are guided directly to the brain through music (acoustic stimuli). In neurological diseases, Tango Therapy starts where the problems arise - the brain.
- In improvisational dance, participants do not need step sequences. Unless it is a special exercise in which a mnemonic activates neurological connections.
- Emotions are needed in learning. Just like shared experience with a partner, music creates emotions. The stronger the emotions, the more efficient the memory speed and duration in the brain. This increases the learning effect, e.g. in improving gait and movement.
- Music is capable of generating feelings. It can evoke memory rudiments linked to emotions and thus possibly reactivate movement patterns. This is because movement patterns are also linked to emotions. (Example: Music memory in dementia patients)
- Emotions stimulate synaptic connections which then form neural connections for motor skills, cognitive and possibly social skills. Social changes could often be observed in tango therapy.
- The gait is trained with musical support and beat (similar to the support of a metronome). The gait becomes more fluent again through repeated practice via special brain functions. Similar to the stutterer's fluent speech with music. (Example: "The King's Speech").
- Music stimulates several networks of the brain simultaneously. In motion, areas responsible for the production of dopamine, endorphins and opioids are addressed.
- Opioids: take away the pain, give a feeling of happiness.
- Dopamine: has a motivating and performance-enhancing effect. Dopamine is particularly important as a messenger substance for motor processes (e.g. for Parkinson's patients). In the 5 years of Tango therapy for Parkinson's patients, it was observed that most participants had to be readjusted with medication after about 4 to 6 weeks.
- For depression, Tango Therapy can reach the effect strength of medication.
- Improvement of social behaviour (mirror neuron effect).
- Synchronisation of heart/circulation and brain waves to music rhythm.
Studies of mechanisms can be found under our Science link.