Music has a universal power to affect emotions. The right kind of music can enhance relaxation to ease pain and anxiety. Research has shown the effectiveness of music therapy even in patients resistant to other treatment approaches. Our music therapist engages patients with music in ways best suited for their needs and preferences.

Music therapy for depression. In music therapy studies, the use of music created blood flow changes in brain structures associated with reward and motivation. Decreased brain activity occurred in areas of the brain associated with negative emotions.

Music therapy to improve relaxation. The benefits of relaxation are many, including reduced heart rate, decreased muscle tension and lessening of anxiety and stress. Music is a tool that can help induce or enhance relaxation, especially when it has a slower tempo and avoids any abrupt changes.

Music therapy to relieve anxiety. Allowing a patient to choose the direction, flow and pace of a music therapy session helps them feel more at ease, increasing a sense of control and independence. By focusing on a song, patients can live more joyfully in the moment instead of worrying about the future.

Music Therapy Internship Program

Arbor Hospice offers an extensive music therapy internship program under the supervision of a Master’s Prepared, Board-Certified Music Therapist. To learn more click here.