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Music Therapy

Research Spotlight

The databases often return HUNDREDS of medical studies for a single spa therapy. So, this section "spotlights" just five, providing a taste of the research available. They have not been selected because they are "best," but to provide an introduction to the far more extensive research you'll uncover at the 4 databases.

  • A University of Jyväskylä (Finland) randomized controlled trial revealed music therapy, coupled with standard care, is an effective treatment for people suffering from depression.
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  • A Universidade Federal de Goiás (Brazil) controlled clinical study concluded music therapy improves quality of life and blood pressure control in hypertensive patients.
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  • A randomized experimental design study at Taiwan’s National Tainan Institute of Nursing showed music therapy reduced stress, anxiety and depression in pregnant women.
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  • A Temple University (US) systemic review of 23 randomized controlled trials (1461 participants) concluded music therapy may have a beneficial effect on blood pressure, heart rate, respiratory rate, anxiety, and pain in persons with coronary heart disease – but cautions more research is needed.
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  • A Meadville Medical Center (US) experimental study found group drumming music therapy has the potential to modulate specific neuroendocrine and neuroimmune parameters in a direction opposite to that expected with the classic stress response.
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