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Good Question: Can music therapy heal the body?


You've heard music can soothe the soul, but can it help those battling certain diseases and illnesses?

One University of Kentucky program is working to bring comfort through the beauty of music.

Good Question: Can music therapy heal the body?

If you listen there is a sweet sound of fun coming from inside the Kentucky Children's Hospital in Lexington..

Each week Dr. Lori Gooding, the Director of the UK Music Therapy Program visits patients like three year old Joshua Divens.

For Divens the songs are fun and it helps lift his spirits!

"Its incredible, everyone should get to have this much fun at work and to know that you do something that you really enjoy and that can make an actual difference in someone's life," said Gooding.

Joshua has Spina bifida and he just underwent his 24th surgery.

When Gooding and her singing partner enter his room he forgets he's in a hospital and that Gooding says is the focus of music therapy.

"It could be distraction, it be normalization, it could be pain management, anxiety management we do all sorts we just do it using music."

Clinical Research suggests music therapy can be helpful in promoting wellness, managing stress even alleviating pain among other things.

"I think as healthcare changes and we begin to recognize that the whole person influences healing, so how you feel, how you are reacting, how you are physiologically is going to influence how you recover medically and physically."

It may be unconventional, but a smile from this little guy lets Lori Gooding know there is power in music and she's off to play to anyone who will listen.

The UK Music Therapy Program is a partnership between the UK School of Music and UK HealthCare.

This fall UK plans to offer a graduate program in Music Therapy.


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