Song therapy is a complementary
therapy and definitions vary as to exactly what it is that defines a complementary
therapy. This does cause understandable confusion and so we quote from a few
organisations here to give some range of opinions as to what a complementary
therapy might offer.
Complementary and alternative treatments
are health-related treatments which are not part of mainstream medical
care. They are thought to increase well being, aid relaxation and promote
good mental health. (Rethink Mental Illness)
Complementary therapies are used alongside,
or in addition to, conventional medical treatments. They do not claim
to cure cancer. People use them to boost their physical or emotional health
or to relieve symptoms or side effects. Some have been scientifically
tested to check how effective and safe they are.
(Macmillans Cancer Support)
Complementary therapies can be used alongside
your usual medical treatment
[they] tend to take a more holistic
approach. So, they aim to treat the whole person mind, body and
spirit rather than just the symptoms
there are many reasons
why people may use complementary therapies alongside prescribed medication,
including: they feel conventional medicine isnt controlling their
symptoms; they view complementary therapy as a way of taking control of
their own health; they enjoy the social aspect of having group therapy
sessions, such as yoga classes, or they see it as a way of having time
to themselves; they find complementary therapies relaxing. This can be
very useful as stress can make Parkinsons symptoms worse.
A complementary therapy means you
can use it alongside your conventional medical treatment. It may help
you to feel better and cope better with your cancer and treatment.
(Cancer Research UK)
Perhaps it is reassuring
to know that there is a wealth of scientific evidence to support the positive
therapeutic impact of music and it is this research that forms the backbone
of our song therapy training.