Music and Hypertonia: Can Music Listening Help Reduce Muscle Tension and Improve Movement Quality?

Van Criekinge, T ORCID: 0000-0002-4157-3222, D’Août, K, O’Brien, J and Coutinho, E
(2021) Music and Hypertonia: Can Music Listening Help Reduce Muscle Tension and Improve Movement Quality? Music & Science, 4. 205920432110153 - 205920432110153.

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<jats:p> Although there is a strong consensus that music listening is a common and effective means to induce states of relaxation, little attention has been given to the physical effects of such states and the potential health-related applications. In this article, we investigated whether music listening could induce affective states of relaxation and accelerate the recovery of fatigued muscles, through the analysis of quality of movement. Twenty healthy participants were asked to perform a fatigue induction protocol of the non-dominant arm followed by a resting period and the execution of a drinking task. During recovery periods, all participants were exposed to three experimental conditions: listening to relaxing music; arousing music; and no music. 3D motion capture and surface electromyography were used to record upper limb movements and muscle activity when performing the drinking task before and after the recovery periods. Movement quality was assessed by means of movement smoothness (jerk index) and muscle recovery (motor unit recruitment). Results showed that recovery of movement smoothness in the relaxing music condition was significantly greater (-35%) than in the relaxing music condition (compared to arousing music, -25%, and silence, -16%) which demonstrates that listening to relaxing music speeds up the recovery process of (fatigued) muscles. We discuss our findings in the context of potential applications of music listening for reducing muscle tension in people suffering from hypertonia. </jats:p>

Item Type: Article
Divisions: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > School of the Arts
Depositing User: Symplectic Admin
Date Deposited: 20 Apr 2021 09:08
Last Modified: 05 Jun 2021 07:10
DOI: 10.1177/20592043211015353