The program benefits approximately 3500 patients, in individual sessions and in groups The recipients receive Music Therapy services as part of their treatment during hospitalization each year. Individual sessions are provided on neo-natal, pediatric, oncology, rehabilitation and orthopedic, intensive care and hospice. Group therapy is also conducted for patients on the pediatric, physical rehabilitation and psychiatric units.
Music Therapy interventions include:
- Song writing
- Musical improvisation
- Therapeutic instrumental playing
- Music focused relaxation
- Guided imagery with music
- Drawing with music
- Music and prayer; hymns and other music designed to provide spiritual support
Research has shown that music therapy can affect the mind and body in many powerful ways including:
- helping with pain management
- reducing anxiety
- facilitating movement
- encouraging verbalization and sound production
- calming patients
- decreasing isolation
- helping to ward off depression
- slowing heart rate, lowering blood pressure and promoting relaxation
- encouraging a more positive state of mind
- providing emotional and spiritual support
- easing muscle tension
Music Therapy is the intentional and compassionate use of music to facilitate healing and has been an active patient care service at the hospital since 1988.
Advocate Lutheran General Hospital was the first medical hospital in Illinois to become a nationally approved clinical training site for music therapists. It has developed a national reputation as a site of choice by music therapy interns throughout the country and hosted several international students.