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Exercising to rhythmic music may be beneficial to ICU survivors

By: Riley Kleemeier

A study focusing on the rehabilitation of patients discharged from an Intensive Care Unit (ICU) reported the effectiveness of exercising to rhythmic music.

18 participants, who had spent at least 5 days in the ICU and were “cognitively intact,” were randomly assigned to a rhythmic music exercise group or an active control group. The music group was given a recorded playlist of instructions and “music-facilitated movements tailored to their musical preference and exercise ability.” The control group was given a brochure with exercise instructions.

The study on exercise to rhythmic music as intervention for ICU survivors was “feasible and acceptable,” suggesting that further trials with larger sample sizes should be conducted to continue to investigate the effects.

To read more about this study, please click here.


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