Music therapy to cure patients

December 14th, 2011 - 8:02 pm ICT by IANS  

Noida, Dec 14 (IANS) Patients especially those undergoing strenuous therapy and treatment can now look forward to getting healed by ragas and world music, courtesy a musical therapy centre that opened up Wednesday in a hospital here.

The Fortis-Zila Khan Music Therapy Centre was inaugurated at the Fortis hospital in this suburb of the national capital and will be led by sufi singer Zila Khan to promote holistic healing and enhance patient recovery through music therapy.

“Today, music therapy begins as a supportive treatment, where the systematic accumulation of data and its analysis helps in the process of finding a cure for certain ailments that shall benefit patients worldwide,” Khan told reporters here.

The centre will offer supportive treatment that uses music to bring about positive changes in the emotional, psychological and physical health of a person.

According to a statement released by the centre, music therapy is known to be beneficial for patients dealing with Autism, Learning Disabilities, Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, Cancer, as well as patients suffering from Neurological Disorders or Trauma.

The pre-treatment procedure includes in-depth research and analysis of the patient’s mental and physical history including identifying the personality type, determining hearing sensitivity, and supporting clinical treatment that utilizing various functions of the body.

“The treatment sessions consist of 20 to 30 minutes of listening to ragas and world music, which stimulates a patient’s awareness of self,” the statement said.

“Research has shown that cancer patients who participated in some form of music therapy reported reduced anxiety and pain. Even patients with brain injuries, on ventilators, experienced consistent benefit from music,” added the statement.

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