Moving the Brain

Moving the Brain: Dance-Based Rehabilitation of Severe Traumatic Brain Injury: pilot study

2013 – 2017

 The aim of this study is to evaluate the effects and feasibility of dance-based rehabilitation for motor, cognitive and emotional functioning in young adults with severe brain injury.

Twelve subjects are randomized to two groups: The A group (n=6) will participate conventional treatment plus rehabilitation dance two times a week, 45 min at the time for the first 3 months. The B group (n=6) participates the conventional treatment only.  During the second 3 months, the B group will participate conventional treatment plus rehabilitation dance two times a week, 45 min at the time and the A group participates the conventional treatment only. Rehabilitation Dance Session is provided by three-step process: warm-up to increase mobility and body control, dance training (muscle activity, coordination and strengthening sustainability, choreography learning) and end (getting a good position, relaxation). Neuropsychological tests, questionnaires, and physical functioning tests are used three times: before the intervention (baseline t0), after 3 months (t3) and after 6 months (t6). Finally, the questionnaires are filled out 1.5 years after the intervention (t18).

Research group:

Sanna Koskinen (PI), university lecturer, and Laura Hokkanen, Prof, Institute of Behavioural Sciences, University of Helsinki; Teppo Särkämö, Doc, and Mari Tervaniemi, Prof, Institute of Behavioural Sciences, University of Helsinki and University of Jyväskylä; Pekka Rantanen, Director and chief physician, and Jaana Sarajuuri, chief neuropsychologist, Validia Rehabilitation; Kiki Molander, Maj-Brit Forsbom, Marjo Kullberg-Turtiainen, Petri Turtiainen, Lilli Huttula, Kirsi Säynevirta, Johanna Pöykkö; Esa Ala-Ruona, associate professor, department of music, University of Jyväskylä; Aarne Ylinen, professor, department of neuroscience, University of Helsinki.