Music therapy could help epilepsy patients manage their seizures

A recent study has highlighted the fact that music can be used to help with controlling seizures among epilepsy patients.

Approximately 80 per cent of epilepsy sufferers have the temporal lobe variety of the condition, in which a seizure can originate from that particular part of the brain.

The new research focused on assessing the impact of music, which is processed in the auditory cortex next to the temporal lobe, to see what impact it had on brainwave activity.

Patients that participated in the study listened to 10 minutes of silence, followed by either Mozart’s “Sonata for Two Pianos in D” or John Coltrane’s rendition of “My Favorite Things”.

After the first song was played, another period of silence followed for 10 minutes before the remaining track was played to a listener.

The order of music was random, but it was observed that when patients were listening to music their brainwave activity was at a higher level.

Those in the study also demonstrated brain activity that synchronised itself with the music.

Though further research is needed to fully assess the impact of how music can be used to manage temporal lobe epilepsy, it is widely being hailed as a breakthrough in research.

Christine Charyton, who was involved with the research team behind the study at the Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, said: “We believe that music could potentially be used as an intervention to help people with epilepsy.”

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