Music can create excitement, stir the imagination and soothe the soul. When used as part of specialized therapy, it can also help manage pain, ease anxiety, increase self-esteem, enhance motor skills and improve overall quality of life.
Music therapy uses research-based approaches to promote health. Sessions are tailored to meet each patient’s needs and complement overall care. Therapy can benefit adults and children, including those who are:
- recovering from a traumatic injury
- adjusting to a new diagnosis
- living with a chronic condition
- dealing with a life-threatening illness or end-of-life
- experiencing stress from frequent trips to the hospital, extended stays or limited family support
- anxious about blood draws, IVs, upcoming procedures, etc.
Music therapy services are available to patients at no cost and may be requested by patients, family members, physicians or staff. Services are provided by the Lutheran Hospital board-certified music therapist.
What to Expect
Music therapy sessions vary in length and may include the following experiences:
- listening to music
- making up or singing songs
- playing instruments
- writing lyrics
- using imagery
Participants don’t need to be musicians to benefit from music therapy. Lutheran Hospital’s board-certified music therapist provides the musical skill and equipment needed for successful experiences. Active participation is not required.
For additional information about music therapy or to request an assessment, contact Kim Lloyd, board-certified music therapist, at firstname.lastname@example.org or (260) 435-2586(260) 435-2586. Once an assessment is completed, a treatment plan will be developed based on the patient’s needs and preferences.
Music therapy services are available for hospitalized patients and those being cared for in an outpatient setting.