The purpose of this study is to examine how rhythmic auditory stimulation (RAS), one of music
therapy techniques for neurological rehabilitation, affects the factors of hemiplegia patients’ turning
gait and straight gait.
This study is designed to compare elimination and intervention of music therapy for 4 weeks with
repeated measure plan and measure factors are classified into 21 sub-factors.
The subjects of this study were 4 patients who need walking training and they were requested by
physical therapist a march and a lied were used to cure them by a researcher.
Each session was composed of warming up, RAS gait training, ending.
The music used for RAS gait training was provided with speed which was set to patient’s own
gait speed measured before music therapy. The speed was provided fast gradually and each session
was proceeded for 50 minutes.
The results of this study showed that walking abilities increase in the segments with music
therapy (B) compared to those in the segment without music therapy (A), and this supports the
previous report that the application of music therapy together with other treatments has a positive
effect on improvement in the patient’s walking abilities. In addition, this study is meaningful in that
it demonstrated that RAS music therapy is helpful to improve walking abilities not only in straight
gait but also in turning gait.