Music Therapy can help with individuals...
Processing divorce or separation
Who are the victim of abuse or neglect
Struggling with Insomnia
Having difficulty with goal setting and life planning
Expecting the birth of a child (Visit our sister website, www.laborandlullabies.com, for more information)
Having difficulty with stress management
Wanting to improve family bonding
With pain management needs as the result of a medical condition or medical treatment
Interventions may include
Drawing to Music
Positive mantra chanting
Therapeutic Instrument Play
Snippets of Research...
The Press Ganey Inpatient Survey was administered to patients who received music therapy and also to individuals who did not receive music therapy during a hospital stay. The individuals who received music therapy reported a higher patient satisfaction rate than those individuals who did not. (Yinger & Standley, 2011)
The amygdala, the emotion center of the brain, can be deactivated, leading to better emotional regulation, when listening to preferred, pleasant music and during music improvisation. The anterior cingulate cortex which assists with emotional regulation, functions stronger during active music making. Musical cues and melodic lines can assist with emotional regulation. In addition, the orbiofrontal cortex, lateral prefrontal cortex, the dorsolateral prefrontal cortex, and the ventrolateral prefrontal cortex are also activated in the presence of music. The correct use of music can assist with emotional regulation while improper use of music can heighten emotions and decrease regulation. (Sena Moore, 2013)
In a study of 14 couples who participated in a Music Therapy Assisted Childbirth program, it was found that music therapy was very beneficial during the labor and delivery process. The use of music during labor and delivery was effective in supporting breathing, remaining calm, improving focus, and in discomfort management. The women who practiced the techniques at home were more familiar with their music and as a result, reported feeling in control and had more positive birth experiences than compared with the woman who did not practice. Imagery techniques were effective when paired with the music, and most of the women stated that these techniques were the most beneficial. All of the women in this study reported feeling well supported during labor and delivery. All of the participants stated that the music therapy program enhanced family bonding with the baby during the immediate postpartum period. (DiCamillo, 1999)
Studies were conducted with adults with sleep disorders to determine the effectiveness of music to help induce sleep. Music programming was implemented three days a week for five weeks for 25-60 minutes a day. Listening to music was found to improve sleep quality. Music was found to have no negative side effects. (Jepersen et.al., 2015)
A study was conudcted at a post-hospice bereavement program with individuals who had recently lost a loved one. The participants in the program reported that music played an essential role in their grief process. Music was found to assist in the facilitation of emotion, distraction from the emotion related to their loss, and served as a tool to reflect on their grief. (Albergato-Muterspaw, 2009)
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