Melody Therapy

By: Rajesh G Konnur

The universe was born with sound. Harmonic wave ignites and soothes mind and body.  The human body, from the time of conception, incorporates music into its functions. Music is especially useful in nursery and pediatric wards, labor rooms, waiting halls of OPD and OTs. The effect of music on healing is quite apparent  in post operative intensive care units (ICUs) too, where it reduce anxiety and pain and have a soothing, tranquilizing effect”.

    The term “dance therapy” was coined in the US and the American Dance Therapy Association defines this discipline as “the psycho-therapeutic use of movement as a process that furthers emotional, cognitive and physical integration in individuals”. Dance therapy with medical guidance is a fun filled way to engage and express you while also improving physical and emotional condition”. It quickens the healing process & helps divert a patient’s mind and improve their emotional state”. Both, music and dance therapy allay anxiety and fear. It helps patients adjust to their environment and tend to recover fast. Slow rhythmic dance helps to strengthen muscles & abates pain. Research shows that, profound beneficial effects are in the neurology and neuro ICUs. Patients who are paralyzed, comatose or semi – comatose respond to sound, particularly familiar tunes or voices, with enhanced will and recovery, to the extent as therapy.

   Music therapy can help children with communication, attention, motivation and behavioral problem. They must have high quality and well maintained instruments. It is good for treating mood disorders, ADHD, depression, and learning disorders. Music can improve one’s mood by reducing stress and lowering anxiety levels, which can help counteract or prevent depression.

 Dance therapy has been utilized since its inception in the 1940’s to promote healing in people diagnosed with physical disabilities and mental illness. Dance therapists work with people who are dealing with variety of medical conditions including disorders such as traumatic brain injuries, Parkinson’s, multiple sclerosis, spinal cord injuries, cancer, fibromyalgia and chronic pain. It focuses on movement behavior and body movement, as the core component of dance, simultaneously provides the means of assessment and the mode of intervention for dance / movement therapy.

Nurses play a vital role. Identifying the client, assessment and evaluation is primary responsibilities. Collaborating with dance and music therapist including medical professionals is paramount concern. She acts as mother, advocate, guide and researcher at different settings and roles.

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