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How music therapy soothes patients

Music therapy has helped patients with nausea relief, relaxation, pain management, and reduced trauma during hospitalization. Photo: Pexels

(Jessica Jainchill/ COMO Magazine) — “Music hath charms to soothe the savage breast, to soften rocks, or bend a knotted oak,” William Congreve penned in 1697. In modern times, doctors at Columbia’s MU Women’s and Children’s Hospital have also found that music works as therapy for patients. 

Music therapy is a young field, and the music therapy program at MU Women’s and Children’s Hospital has only been in practice for about eight years. Still, doctors have already seen this therapy improve hospital patients’ health.

Emily Pivovarnik, a licensed music therapist at the hospital, says: “Music therapy can reach anyone, from a premature infant all the way up to someone in hospice care. The appropriateness depends on the needs.” (…)

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