Using Music Therapy to Treat Traumatic Brain Injury

heading divider

Recovery from a traumatic brain injury can be a long and involved process. It often involves doctors, psychologists, neurologists, physical therapists, and now, music therapy. But before you sign up, make sure you can convince your insurance to cover it.

Music Therapy for Brain Injury

Traumatic brain injury can be hard to deal with because it can affect everything from memory to motor function. Sometimes inflammation and swelling can cause spreading damage, causing patients to loose more functioning as time goes on. Once the doctors and surgeons are done keeping the harm from spreading, the patient has to focus on recovering what was lost.

That’s where neurologic music therapy (NMT) comes in. The program uses music to help develop non-musical elements of a patient’s brain. The music therapy takes advantage of the human brain’s hard-wired ability to process music, even without any formal training. Trained NMT therapists use this ability to help brain injury victims recover other non-musical functioning.

In music therapy, an NMT therapist might sing with a patient to familiar tunes to help recover language ability. He or she might also have a patient step to the beat or play notes on a keyboard to help with motor coordination.

Music therapy began to draw attention after former Congresswoman Gabby Giffords used the practice to recover from a near-fatal gunshot wound. Now it is being used for traumatic brain injury, stroke victims, and degenerative diseases like Parkinson’s disease or Huntington’s disease.

Insurance Coverage for Music Therapy

While doctors have begun accepting music therapy as an appropriate treatment for traumatic brain injury, the insurance companies seem less willing to get on board. It can be difficult to get an auto insurance provider to cover the cost of music therapy or other forms of occupational therapies necessary to help their customers achieve their best healing potential.

In Michigan, the No Fault Insurance Act requires insurers to cover all reasonable and necessary treatment resulting from an auto accident – including therapy. But insurance companies will often tell customers that new treatment options like music therapy aren’t necessary or reasonable. That’s why brain injury patients need tough no fault lawyers like the attorneys at Christensen Law who will go to bat against the insurance companies and prove them wrong.

Decisions regarding your treatment should be made by you and your doctor, not your insurance provider. If you are struggling to get your treatment covered, you need a lawyer like brain injury expert David Christensen of Christensen Law in Southfield, Michigan, who understands traumatic brain injury and will help you get your treatments covered. If you or someone you love has been the victim of a traumatic brain injury, contact Christensen Law today for a free consultation.