Patients managing acute and chronic pain, stress and depression may benefit significantly from music therapy. At Four Seasons, music therapists have formal training in music and psychology, combining a bachelor’s degree in music with therapeutic clinical and field work, prior to passing a national board certification examination.
Music Therapy for Physical Symptom Management
Redirecting the patient’s attention away from pain, working with a music therapist can increase a sense of calm and well-being, aid in relaxation, or motivate movement or activities. Benefits of music therapy in hospice and palliative care settings may:
- Improve mood
- Increase social interaction
- Provide sensory stimulation
- Provide opportunity for self-expression
- Decrease perception of pain
- Increase relaxation/provide distraction
- Decrease shortness of breath
- Reduce agitation
- Offer spiritual support
- Life review/Reminiscence
- Provide comfort and solace
- Improve quality of life
Experiences such as songwriting, singing, or playing an instrument offers each individual the opportunity to express emotions, increase energy, and make choices about their care.
Music Therapy for Non-Physical Symptom Management
Music for therapeutic gains is selected and used to suit each individual and his or psychological, emotional, and spiritual needs. For example, a patient and family in need of support as they adjust or respond to the demands of a serious illness may require music with particular interactive properties. When working with a music therapist, most music is presented live.
Patients are reassured by singing, choosing songs, reviewing their lives through music, improvisational rhythm, analyzing or writing lyrics, processing their feelings, entrainment, relaxation, listening, or planning the music for their funerals.
For more information or to request music therapy, please speak with the Music Therapist on your hospice team.
Music Therapy Internships