Music Therapy Articles
There are a number of reasons why music is now being recognized as a complementary treatment in palliative care and why music therapists are part of the palliative team. Non-pharmacological strategies like music therapy promote relief in pain and symptom management. Music is used to promote relaxation, to reduce anxiety and to supplement other pain control methods.
Studies show that music is a powerful stimulus for the brain, both emotionally and cognitively. This may be why it is such an important intervention in dementia care. When cognition is disappearing, when semantics, comprehension, working memory, and processing may be lost, music reaches into the emotional places where neural activity may be intact or at least somewhat active………….
Music can be used to evoke wide ranges of either calming or stimulating physical responses. Research has shown that music can affect blood pressure, heart rate, respiration, pupil dilation, discomfort and tolerance to pain. Music can affect our mood, our stress levels, match our emotional responses.