Release-Oriented Strategies in the Treatment of Acute Pain Crises

Medical practice in the treatment of the physiological, psychological, and emotional symptoms of pain may be enhanced through a greater understanding of music therapy as a nonpharmacological intervention. Currently, medical professionals are challenged to be fully informed about music therapy as a component of planning in the treatment of pain, and music therapists are challenged to practice from an integrative and continually informed perspective. The use of live musical components—to entrain to the breath and natural cycles of tension release which occur in the body during acute pain episodes—is the focus of a current randomized controlled study with patients undergoing spine surgery. Music therapy interventions focusing on tension release through active drumming, visualization, entrainment, and psychoemotional catharsis will be discussed and demonstrated.

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