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Art, Dance/Movement, and Music Therapy

Art, dance, and music

Art, dance, and music all appeal to a person's senses. They may also be used as therapy in many situations. Each of these methods helps people to express themselves. They can also distract people from their disease or illness. And they may possibly help with physical improvement as well.

  • Art therapy. This can help a person deal with emotional conflicts, become aware of issues, and express unspoken concerns. Art therapy includes painting, sculpting, drawing, and many other forms of art.

  • Dance/movement therapy. This form of therapy helps to improve body image and self-esteem. It can also decrease fears, express anger, decrease body tensions, reduce chronic pain, and much more.

  • Music therapy. This form of therapy is often used in hospitals and other care centers. It helps people to relax, especially babies and children. It may also be used for people who have burns, cancer, or cerebral palsy. And it works well for people with other brain disorders and neurological conditions such as Alzheimer disease.

People who practice art, dance/movement, and music therapy have specialized educational training. Art therapists complete special graduate-level programs and are credentialed in art therapy. Accredited graduate programs prepare dance/movement therapists. And music therapists must pass a music therapy licensing exam.

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Online Medical Reviewer: Bianca Garilli MD
Online Medical Reviewer: Daphne Pierce-Smith RN MSN CCRC
Online Medical Reviewer: Marianne Fraser MSN RN
Date Last Reviewed: 2/1/2019
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