Music Therapy

By: Kinga Obrzut

What are the benefits of music therapy?

Music therapy has a lot of benefits for people with medical conditions. Some benefits of music therapy are that it helps to reduce pain, helps to improve a persons motor skills and boosts the process of rehabilitation.

Pain Reducer

According to the American Cancer Society’s, “Music therapy is often used in cancer treatment to help reduce pain, anxiety, and nausea caused by chemotherapy.” Music therapy helps to distract people from all that they are going through. Also in the Washington Post it said how around WWII, "dentists began experimenting with music as a way to relax patients and to minimize pain during oral surgery--what they called "audio anesthesia." With this experiment, it was found that there were many times were dentists could lower the dose of nitrous oxide or sometimes not use any. This shows how music therapy is a good way to reduce pain from a sickness or treatment.
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Helps Motor Skills

According to the article “Music & Development: Musical ways to engage developmentally disabled children”, that when kids “isolate their fingers as they press the keys on the piano or move their fingers to strum the guitar. This improves hand strength and coordination”. This is saying how music therapy helps kids, and adults, to learn or relearn basic tasks they need. Many times music therapy is used on cancer patients, since people believe that it "may be a beneficial addition to the health care of children with cancer by promoting social interaction and cooperation," as it says in the article "Music Therapy". Again this is showing how music therapy can help learn or regain basic motor skills.
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Rehabilitation Booster

Music therapy is a good rehabilitation booster and a good way to help with behavior management. According to the Washington Post, it says that Janice Stouffer, a researcher from Hershey, Pa., said that “'music taps into emotions and behavior in a very deep way,’” which helps to control the emotions and behaviors of people who have brain injuries from stroke or from viral infection. This shows how music therapy can keep the rehabilitation process moving forward. In another article under the title of The Power of Music, says that by "using a rhythmic beat to coordinate movement may help individuals improve their ability to walk". Also it can help people who can't "regain their ability to communicate by singing words and phrases". These are just two of the ways that music therapy can help in the process of rehabilitation.

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