Tuesday, August 16. 2011
A recent study found that music therapy can aid cancer patients in their road to recovery, according to The New York Times.
Conducted by Drexel University, the study found that music therapy and music medicine could help minimize pain and anxiety related to cancer treatments and improve quality of life for those battling the disease, according to the source. Music medicine includes the playing of music while music therapy employs various elements of music to evaluate and treat individuals.
Patients that attend music therapy sessions may sing, play instruments, write lyrics or simply listen to songs. Trained music therapists lead the exercises, which can reduce discomfort and even curb the nausea often associated with chemotherapy. Many healthcare facilities are beginning to have certified music therapists on site, according to the Mayo Clinic.
Music therapy is classified as active therapy under Medicare guidelines and some health insurance carriers may reimburse for the service, according to the American Music Therapy Association.
While the positive effects of music therapy on cancer patients can bot be conclusively determined because creating a control group is not possible, it may continue to grow in importance when it comes to battling the disease, according to The New York Times.
"Music is something we use every day and its powers can be used in a very targeted way with cancer patients," the study's lead author, Joke Bradt, told the source.
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