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Expressive Therapies

Music as Medicine

According to a growing body of research, listening to or making music affects the brain in ways that may help promote health and manage disease symptoms. Performing or listening to music activates a variety of structures in the brain that are involved in thinking, sensation, movement, and emotion. This type of brain activity may have physical and psychological benefits. 

IMG_3218Music can encourage social connection at a live concert, motivate you through a workout, or even help you fall asleep. A board-certified music therapist can help you deepen your connection to and understanding of how music impacts well-being. Music therapists can help you find the best intervention and “dose” to positively impact your health and provide a form of healing. Music therapy is an established healthcare profession that uses evidence-based music interventions to address therapeutic healthcare goals. A 2022 systematic review and meta-analysis showed that the use of music interventions (listening to music, singing, and music therapy) can create significant improvements in mental health, and smaller improvements in physical health-related quality of life.

Educational Opportunities through the University of Cincinnati

Read more: Dementia & The Arts Brings People Together Through Music

Music & Dance Therapy in Clinical Care: Centering Group Medical Visits

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Past Events

2022 Optimize Your Wellbeing Community Symposium
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2023 Sound Immersion During An Evening of Wellness in Ault Park
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Osher Center for Integrative
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Medical Sciences Building Suite 4358
231 Albert Sabin Way
PO Box 670582 
Cincinnati, OH 45267-0582

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Phone: 513-558-2310
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