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Music is not only Beautiful, it can also be Therapeutic

Music therapy is the use of music by a qualified music therapist to address a person’s physical, emotional, cognitive or social needs.

Music therapists design treatment sessions based on a person’s particular needs. Treatment options include creating, singing, moving to and/or listening to music. According to the American Music Therapy Association,2 research shows music therapy can be used to help:

  • Improve overall physical rehabilitation

  • Facilitate movement

  • Increase motivation to engage in treatment

  • Offer emotional support for the person and his or her family

  • Provide an outlet to express feelings

The benefits of music therapy

Music therapy may be beneficial to those who find it difficult to express themselves in words, including children, adolescents, adults and seniors.3 Treatment may help those with:

  • Mental health needs

  • Developmental and learning disabilities

  • Alzheimer's disease and other aging-related conditions

  • Substance abuse problems

  • Brain injuries

  • Physical disabilities

  • Acute and chronic pain, including mothers in labor

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