Music Therapy should be Integrated in Healthcare System: A Review

Cynthal J K


Music Therapy serves the people with mental health and functional wellness issues in a variety of settings including public and private psychiatric hospitals and schools, metal health centers, private practice, community-based programs, correctional and forensic facilities, and substance abuse treatment programs. Music therapist use defined music interventions founded in sound theory and supported by an ongoing research. Music therapist use music to enhance social or interpersonal, affective, cognitive, and behavioral functioning. Research indicates that music therapy is effective at reducing muscle tension and anxiety, and at promoting relaxation, verbalization, interpersonal relationships, and group cohesiveness. This can set the stage for open communication and provide a starting place for non-threatening support and processing symptoms associated with or exacerbated by trauma and disaster, such as the Tsunami and 9/ 11 attack. A therapist can talk with the client, but a qualified music therapist can use music to actively link a client to their psycho-emotional state quickly. In certain settings, the active use of music therapy interventions has resulted in shorter length of stay (treatment period) and more efficient response to the client’s overall recovery/ intervention plan.


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