KYW Medical Report: How music therapy can help with COVID-19 recovery

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By KYW Newsradio

KYW Newsradio’s Medical Reports are sponsored by Independence Blue Cross.

By Dr. Brian McDonough, Medical Editor

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Physical and occupational therapy are playing vital roles as people fight back from COVID-19. But there is another form of therapy that is making a big difference.

We do not always think of music therapy when we discuss ways to fight back from injury, but for COVID-19 survivors, as well as for many who are psychologically suffering from loneliness and isolation, music is being used as a tool to aid in recovery.

Music therapy treatments, tailored to each patient's needs, can involve creating, singing, moving to and/or listening to music in ways that have been shown to promote physical and psychological healing.

Research has shown that music can help people deal with stress and pain.

The theory among music therapists is that the brain is so plastic and it's so moldable and flexible that music can truly help raise spirits.