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Everything you need to know about Chroma and Music Therapy

Chroma therapists aim to help people of all ages whose lives  have  been  affected  by  injury,  illness  or  disability, by supporting  their  psychological, functional, emotional, cognitive, physical, communicative and social needs, either through:

  • Music therapy (for psychological, emotional and social goals)
  • Neurologic Music Therapy (clinical specialism for functional goals within neurorehabilitation)
  • MATADOC assessments (for people living with disorders of consciousness and low awareness adult patients)

When it comes to referrals, Chroma provides detailed, fully costed case consultations to experts, case managers and solicitors, for each case and each new referral has clearly identified outcomes, reporting timelines, and agreed measures of progress within a collaborative Multi-Disciplinary Team (MDT) approach.

Music therapy sessions cover four rehabilitation domains: psychological, sensori-motor, speech language & communication and cognitive and across all these domains, Chroma uses a 12-week “treat, report, review” structure to outline progress towards agreed outcomes, client engagement, measurable milestones against baselines and the refinement of treatment plans.

There are a number of rehabilitation needs suitable for referral to Chroma some of which include: functional upper & lower limb movement, developmental language delay, Aphasia, voice disorders, procedural memory and disorders of consciousness.

Treatment fees range depending on a number of factors so it is best to contact Chroma directly for more information.

The structure of treatment differs for each individual case, but typically, music therapy (specifically for psychologically focused outcomes), is performed weekly. For functional outcomes, sessions may be more frequent.

With regards to rehabilitation treatment services are covered by Chroma, there are various techniques.

For psychological referrals, music therapy is conducted in numerous forms such as improvised techniques, song-writing alongside pre-composed music and rhythmic protocols to develop the therapeutic relationship. Such techniques help to improve mood, process traumatic memories, improve rehab engagement as well as reduce stress/anxiety. They are also used to help enhance self-control and develop insight into behaviours and triggers.

Functional referrals, for Neurologic Music Therapy (NMT), often, Rhythmic Auditory stimulation (Ras) is adopted, primarily for gait rehabilitation. Its technique of rhythmic motor cuing helps the body re-learn movements that are intrinsically and biologically rhythmical, so can help improve gait, balance, step cadence and stride length.

For speech language and communication referrals, techniques such as Oral Motor and Respiratory Exercises (OMREX) are adopted as the use of music materials and exercises (typically through sound vocalization and wind instrument playing), helps control pronunciation, improve respiratory strength as well as function of the speech apparatus.

For cognitive rehabilitation referrals, Music Attention Control Training (MACT) is often used. Within this technique musical exercises, such as cueing different musical responses to pre-composed or improvised music, allows the client to practice sustained, selected, divided and alternating attention functions.

Music therapy is by no means simply a case of listening to music. There is a wealth of scientific evidence surrounding its benefits when utilised correctly. Chroma therapists continue to deliver music therapy sessions on a case by case basis and play an important role within the MDT to achieve the best possible recovery outcome for each client.