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could you explain what is music therapy, and what is it used for?

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Dr. Barbara Lavi
Clinical Psychology 35 years experience
Music therapy: Is a type of expressive therapy for people who have trouble talking about their issues. Expressive therapies use music, dance or art therapies as means of learning to express feelings. My version of therapy is called act now psychotherapy which is active, creative and time sensitive. I use the arts in my work as well even though most of my work is verbal talk therapy.
Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 44 years experience
Complementary Rx: Like the other complementary therapies, this is labor-intensive and isn't intended to cure, but can make people feel better. It's mostly used for brain problems, from stroke to autism. Given the zeal of its practitioners, the fact the blinded studies are impossible, and the subjectivity of outcomes, not all physicains consider it evidence-based or something that society should pay a lot for.

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A 41-year-old member asked:

What kind of music is normally used in a music therapy?

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Dr. M. Jay Petruska
Family Medicine 32 years experience
Music Therapy: Any type of music can be used for music therapy. It all depends on the patient and the condition that is being treated with music therapy.
A 46-year-old member asked:

How effective is music therapy?

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Dr. Galina Mindlin
Psychiatry 38 years experience
It is effective: Music therapy could be effective in many conditions. Music is healing and has been used to relive anxiety, enhance your mood, help you to relieve pain. I was exploring the music, playlists effect in my book: 'you playlist can change your life. There are some evidence-based facts there as well as bmt which is a form of biofeedback combined with music effect. http://www.brainmusictreatment.com., .
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Music soothes the savage beast...in all of us.
Jun 30, 2015
A 34-year-old member asked:

What is music therapy useful for?

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Dr. Nancy Liebler
Critical Care 29 years experience
Many things!: Music therapy is very powerful. Music can energize us or relax us. It can help us drift off to sleep or wake us up. Music has been shown to directly affect physiological functioning.
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It can change your mood,rapidly,like a warm oil poured out onto and enveloping your soul.
Jun 30, 2015
A 40-year-old member asked:

How can music therapy be artistic/expressive?

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Dr. John Chavez
Clinical Psychology 37 years experience
Music therapy: Yes, music or art therapy can help with self-expression and tap into your creativity. But there has to be so goal for the therapy. For example, music and art therapy can help improve interpersonal relations or reduce certain types of anxieties.
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What are the disadvantages of music therapy?

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Dr. Barbara Lavi
Clinical Psychology 35 years experience
None: There are no side effects or disadvantages to music therapy. For some people who have trouble talking about their issues music, dance or art therapies are very helpful means of learning to express your feelings. My version of therapy is called act now psychotherapy which is active, creative and time sensitive. I use the arts in my work as well even though most of my work is verbal talk therapy.

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