Music Therapy for Medical / Chronic Illness


Did you know that music therapy can profoundly help you heal from all kinds of chronic, stress-related health issues?

Music therapy has an amazing ability to induce deep states of peace, relaxation, and creative flow, often in ways that can’t be easily accomplished by traditional talk therapy or other methods.
Since 80% of our health concerns are proven to be stress-related,  music therapy can have a dramatic effect on optimizing all major systems of the body, primarily because it counteracts the stress response so well.

In our practice, we have a primary focus on helping cancer patients create an optimal healing environment using the simple power of music.  Here’s an excerpt of the benefits of music therapy from cancer. org:

“Scientific studies have shown the value of music therapy on the body, mind, and spirit of children and adults. Researchers have found that music therapy, when used with anti-nausea drugs for patients receiving high-dose chemotherapy, can help ease nausea and vomiting. A number of clinical trials have shown the benefit of music therapy for short-term pain, including pain from cancer. Some studies have suggested that music may help decrease the overall intensity of the patient’s experience of pain when used with pain-relieving drugs. Music therapy can also result in a decreased need for pain medicine in some patients, although studies on this topic have shown mixed results.

In hospice patients, one study found that music therapy improved comfort, relaxation, and pain control. Another study found that quality of life improved in cancer patients who received music therapy, even as it declined in those who did not. No differences were seen in survival between the 2 groups.

Other clinical trials have revealed a reduction in heart rate, blood pressure, breathing rate, insomnia, depression, and anxiety with music therapy. No one knows all the ways music can benefit the body, but studies have shown that music can affect brain waves, brain circulation, and stress hormones. These effects are usually seen during and shortly after the music therapy.

Studies have shown that students who take music lessons have improved IQ levels, and show improvement in nonmusical abilities as well. Other studies have shown that listening to music composed by Mozart produces a short-term improvement in tasks that use spatial abilities. Studies of brain circulation have shown that people listening to Mozart have more activity in certain areas of the brain. This has been called the “Mozart effect.” Although the reasons for this effect are not completely clear, this kind of information supports the idea that music can be used in many helpful ways.”

referenced from: Music Therapy

If you or someone you know is struggling with chronic immune weakness or you want a refreshing and effective approach to optimize cancer recovery, then call our clinic today at 509-979-4357 so we can discuss your needs.

Kim McMillin

RN, MA, MT-BC, RPT, LMHC, LMFT (CO)
Licensed Mental Health Counselor, Board Certified Music Therapist
I am passionate about helping others to find the goodness within them and to heal the barriers that prevent them from embracing the Light of Goodness inside. Each of us comes into this world as a magnificent Sun. What often trips us up is that we learn to identify with the clouds -- ugly things...

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