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Music Therapy Improves Traditional Therapy for COPD Rehabilitation

Posted on December 29, 2015 by Disability Help Group
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The healing power of music was the focus of a recent study, published in Respiratory Medicine, on therapy techniques for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Researchers at The Louis Armstrong Center of Music and Medicine at Mount Sinai Beth Israel added music therapy to traditional rehabilitation for COPD patients and saw substantial improvements.

The music therapy was added to the standard therapy regimen for 68 patients with chronic respiratory diseases, including COPD. During a six-week treatment schedule, a random selection of patients participated in music therapy sessions. These sessions included live music demonstrations, music visualization, wind instrument playing, and singing. The latter two therapies incorporated breath control techniques that can aid in everyday life as well as emergencies.

In addition to physical benefits of the breath control techniques, the mental benefits were also apparent. Therapists asked patients about their favorite types of music so they could become the focus of their therapy. This led to an increase of self-expression and helped the patients connect and respond to their therapy on a more personal level.

Medical science is moving away from strict clinical assessments and exploring alternative, more holistic approaches to treatment and long-term care. Expanded therapy options including music, nutrition, mental health, and connection to patients’ hobbies have helped enhance traditional treatments like physical and medication therapy.

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