Music Therapy for Patients - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

5/1/06

Music Therapy for Patients

We all know music can bring comfort, but a new study out of Temple University indicates music therapy can also alleviate pain. It's working for Lillian Lucas who, after having a double amputation, suffered from phantom pain in her lost limbs.

"You're not thinking about the pain. You're just listening to all that beauty," said Lillian.

"Music is able to enhance our moods which influences our pain. Music is able to serve as a distraction from the pain. And music also helps stop and block some of the sensation of pain through the spinal cord," said Dr. Cheryl Dileo a music Therapy Expert at Temple University.

Dr. Dileo says they are finding more and more evidence that music is the medicine of the mind. Not only has it helped some patients, like Lillian, put aside her pain medication, but she says when a trained music therapist like Karen Dennery is at work, they can see that music can lower high blood pressure and rapid heart beats. And they hear from patients that it also helps cut down on sleeplessness and depression.

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