MUSIC THERAPY IN ACTION
Music has shown positive effects in a variety of patient populations for improving symptoms related to different diseases and disorders. Here’s a sampling of some of the more common uses of music therapy.
|PATIENT POPULATION||NONMUSIC BEHAVIORS|
|Autism spectrum disorder||Movement, communication, speech and language, social skills, attention, cognition, activities of daily living|
|Alzhteimer’s disease and dementia||Memory, mood, social interaction|
|Traumatic brain injury||Movement, communication, speech and language, social skills, attention, memory, cognition|
|Mental health and mood disorders||Self-esteem, awareness of self and environment, expression, reality testing, social skills, attention, cognition|
|Pain management||Anxiety and stress, mood, feelings of control|
|Cancer||Anxiety and stress, mood, feelings of control, coping skills|
|Movement disorders and stroke||Movement, speech and language, swallowing , respiratory control,
|Hospice||Anxiety and stress, mood, feelings of control, coping skills|
Elizabeth Stegemöller is a board-certified music therapist and neuroscientist at Iowa State University, where she studies the effects of music on movement and associated neurophysiology in persons with Parkinson’s disease.