Music therapy

What it is

The use of music to improve health and wellbeing. A music therapist helps people engage with different aspects of music.

Why use it

Music therapy can help people express themselves, feel more in control, focus on healing, feel less anxious, and simply enjoy themselves in the moment.

What to expect

 You don’t need to be musical to participate or benefit. The structure of the session will depend on the needs of the participants. You may play instruments, sing, or write lyrics, or you may simply listen to music and discuss how it affects you.

Evidence

Some studies in people with cancer have shown that music therapy can improve anxiety, depression, pain and fatigue.


This information was last reviewed in May 2018
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