Maybe you have a reason to put an extra emphasis on development for your child (such as premature birth), or maybe you just want to get them started on the right foot. Either way, music can be helpful. Read about how music encourages brain development in young children. Here are some ideas of ways you can work with music at home to encourage healthy development.
Palliative care is an area in which music therapists can offer a great deal, especially those who are also Registered Psychotherapists (RP’s). In many hospices and palliative departments, music therapists are on staff. [Read more…] about Music Therapy Through Life: Palliative Care and End of Life
Music therapists are often on staff in hospital oncology (cancer care) programs, and for good reason.
Music therapy can help with pain
Research has shown that music therapy can help with a host of symptoms suffered by cancer patients, including pain. This includes pain related to the disease itself, as well as procedural pain.
Music therapy can reduce anxiety
If there is one place where music therapy is commonly found, it is in long-term care facilities. Music therapy is very useful to older adults simply because it can be used for so many different goals. Goal areas might include:
- social interaction
- maintaining physical abilities
- cognitive stimulation and maintenance
- memory recall
- quality of life
- creating a legacy to leave for loved ones (and to begin the process towards life and relationship resolution)
As with children and adolescents, many adults struggle with issues of mental health. These concerns vary widely and can include anxiety, depression, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, postpartum depression and mood disorders, PTSD (and other trauma related disorders), substance abuse, and eating disorders among others.
Some music therapists are able to provide music psychotherapy which can help individuals who are looking for assistance with mental health. Music psychotherapy can also help when individuals are seeking help with problems with relationships. Essentially, any concern where you might consider going to a “talk therapist” can also be addressed by a qualified music psychotherapist. Music psychotherapists may use both music and verbal components in their sessions, depending on their way of working and the needs of the client. [Read more…] about Music Therapy Through Life: Mental Health
Music therapy is helpful in rehabilitation for one of the same reasons that it is so useful in early childhood: brain plasticity. Brain plasticity is the brain’s ability to rewire itself. I wrote about this extensively, in the first article in this series, so read that now if you would like a bit more information.
The use of music therapy in rehabilitation has gotten the attention of a variety of professions (such as the medical community), as well as the media, and it’s easy to see why. Rehabilitation is an area of music therapy where results can be dramatic. [Read more…] about Music Therapy Through Life: Rehabilitation