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Organization Number: 861750198RR0001|
Organization Name: Special Needs Special People
Address: 615 Provost St.
Address: Suite #7
State / Province: Quebec
Zip / Post Code: H8S1M5
Phone: 866-866-1466 Ext:
Organization Email: Info@s-n-s-p.com
Website Address: http://www
Detailed Description: Eight Reasons To Use Music in Medical Settings
1) To serve as an audioanalgesic or sedative - or to otherwise positively affect biomedical or psychosocial states.
Example: a patient with chronic pain is taught to use music to (a) decrease the physiological results of stress, (b) distract attention from pain, and /or (c) alter the perception of time towards a decreased perception of pain. OR pediatric patients participate in a music therapy group which boosts their immune systems' effectiveness.
2) To serve as the focus of attention and/or to structure exercise.
Example: a woman uses music in labor and delivery that has been programmed according to her preferences and choice of birthing technique OR a patient uses music as a structure and motivation for physical therapy exercises
3) To initiate and enhance therapist/patient/family relationships.
Example: a therapist develops a trust relationship with an adolescent by sharing in his favorite music OR a teenage (or otherwise "at-risk") mother is taught to nurture her child (before and after birth) through music.
4) To reinforce learning.
Example: a child is taught a self-care routine by a therapist who has embedded the steps in a song OR a group of patient compose a song together that which reinforces the principles of health that they are learning.
5) To provide auditory stimulation/feedback or mask ambient noise.
Example: a patient learns to control muscle tension (or other physiological stress indicators) through biofeedback - using music as the auditory cue OR music played in an intensive care nursery unit masks mechanical and electronic sounds.
6) To structure pleasurable and positive interpersonal interactions.
Example: the members of patient/family support groups utilize lyric discussion, songwriting, singing and instrumental improvisation to increase their trust and cooperation with each other and with the facilitator.
7) To serve as a reinforcer or structure for healthful changes in physiological, emotional, or lifestyle skills.
Example: a patient learns to play the piano - as an outlet for expression, and as an active alternative to more passive activities OR persons participating in exercise groups find them easier if music that is synchronized to their movements is used in the background.
8) To promote stress reduction/mind-body health in the medical staff.
Example: the staff on an Alzheimer's unit attend inservices to learn to use music for stress reduction - and stress reduction sessions are offered by the music therapist 15 minutes before each shift.