The healing power of music

Music Therapy captured Americans’ attention because of its role in Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords’ recovery from brain injury. The field, which has been around for at least a century, allows the brain to respond by creating new pathways around the damaged areas. Music therapy is used to treat those with serious brain injury, stroke, muscle dystrophy and more. “Music is providing that pathway or almost like a cerebral bypass around the damaged areas, allowing someone to regain mobility or regain speech.”

Feb. 27, 2012, PBS