Music therapy is the use of music to gain physical and emotional healing and wellness. A trained and certified music therapist, dance/movement therapist, or creative arts/expressive therapist can provide music therapy. Therapy sessions can involve listening to music, music-making, or both.
Research is beginning to reveal how music works to heal the body and mind.
You can use music therapy to help your mental and physical health. It helps people express themselves, find new memories, and calm the body and mind through its rhythm, order, and predictability. Music therapy is sometimes combined with movement therapies, such as dance.
Music therapy is considered safe.
Always tell your doctor if you are using an alternative therapy or if you are thinking about combining an alternative therapy with your conventional medical treatment. It may not be safe to forgo your conventional medical treatment and rely only on an alternative therapy.
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- Rodgers D and Micozzi MS (2011). Mind body modalities. In M Micozzi, ed., Fundamentals of Complementary and Alternative Medicine, 4th ed., pp. 106–129. St. Louis: Elsevier Saunders.
Last Revised: June 29, 2011
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