Music therapy as complementary and alternative medicine

Music as a CAM therapy is profiled at last. In Music as an alternative medicine: Hospitals using other means to help patients, the Pocono Record observes that music therapy is gaining momentum as an alternative therapy:
Jill Howell, a clinical therapist heading the hospital's new Complementary and Alternative Medicines program, which has brought live music to sickrooms since January, said, "Sometimes they're sleepy or they just don't like the cello...." Other offerings include art therapy, yoga classes, trained dogs for petting and more.
Apparently there was some initial resistance within the hospital to CAM therapies: "In part because the healing power of complementary therapies still draws some skepticism in the medical community, the road to inaugurating CAM at the medical center wasn't always easy -- especially when the dog visiting component brought pets within the sterile hospital walls."

This resistance to CAM is consistent with our prior studies of CAM therapies in hospitals, but our data suggested it acceptance was growing. Music therapy, canvassed in the Institute of Medicine Report on Complementary and Alternative Medicine, may in fact be one of the late entrants to the game in some institutions.
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