Health care providers in India have started using music therapy, an already popular trend worldwide, to help patients suffering from depression, anxiety, autism, chronic pain, Alzheimer’s and other medical conditions. (Miami.edu photo)
Be it the legendary Mozart’s soothing symphonies, mesmerizing classical renditions from the doyen of Carnatic music — M.S. Subbulakshmi — or tranquil instrumental tunes, music therapy is increasingly being used for patients suffering from depression, anxiety, autism, chronic pain, Alzheimer’s, coronary artery disease and even cancer in India.
Worldwide, specially-trained musicians are emerging as music therapists to help patients, especially those with chronic and painful conditions, recover faster.
Although there are not many trained therapists available in the hospital setting in India at present, the trend globally is slowly catching up with Indian health providers, who now realize the clinical and evidence-based benefits of music. Full story.
Nishant Arora, Ians (India West) / September 23, 2015