Our Services

Music Therapy

Throughout life, sound positively and negatively affects our physical and emotional well-being. It affects the bodily functions that we think are beyond our control. These include heart rate, blood pressure and release of the body’s natural painkilling chemicals.

Even when people are no longer conscious or speaking, we can console and comfort them with music. Research has shown that music is the first outside sensation that registers with a developing fetus and the last that registers with a dying patient.

The use of music enhances our lives as a means of teaching, celebrating and expressing ourselves and has been in place for thousands of years. During World War II, music was used to calm shell-shocked soldiers. Since then, the introduction of music in a variety of rehabilitation and palliative care settings has steadily increased.

The American Music Therapy Association defines music therapy as "...an established healthcare profession that uses music to address physical, emotional, cognitive and social needs of individuals of all ages."

Uses for Music Therapy

  • Depression, isolation and loneliness
  • Anger and agitation
  • Inappropriate coping skills
  • Behavior management
  • Limited range of motion
  • Fear and anxiety
  • Sorrow, hopelessness, and bereavement
  • Family communication breakdowns
  • Unresolved life issues
  • Confusion
  • Pain management
  • Respiratory distress
  • Spiritual concerns

How Music Therapy Helps

  • Reminiscence - focus on assets and positive experiences
  • Identify and express emotions
  • Life review with assessment of actions
  • Increased socialization
  • Maintain/improve physical comfort
  • Permit discussion around dying/death issues
  • Explore religious/tradition musical associations
  • Reality orientation/thought organization
  • Assessment of physical/mental capabilities
  • Support independent thinking/decision making
  • Develop effective coping skills
  • Improve self esteem
  • Gain insight into problems/situations
  • Mood management
  • Medium for closure
  • Provide distraction during difficult situations / procedures
  • Muscle relaxation
  • Regain sense of control
  • Acknowledgement of spirituality
  • Pain relief

Examples of Techniques Used

  • Singing/instrumental work
  • Guided imagery
  • Song writing
  • Music relaxation
  • Drum work
  • Breath work
  • Rhythmic movement