A stroke or traumatic brain injury starts a race against the clock. Neurosurgeons, emergency room doctors, and paramedics have to take action to limit the damage as quickly as possible before it spreads and devastates portions of the patient’s brain, taking functions such as speech, movement, and memory with it.

After that desperate sprint comes a grueling marathon as patients and their families are joined by different medical specialists. Physical, speech, and occupational therapists replace doctors as the goal becomes helping patients recover what was lost and rebuild their lives.

Increasingly, music is becoming one of the tools they use, and specialists like MedRhythms founder and CEO Brian Harris are the people they turn to. His Boston-based startup specializes in neurologic music therapy (NMT), a treatment method that’s gaining prominence thanks to the success stories of patients and growing scientific support.
— Xconomy