Effects of Music Therapy on Fibromyalgia
Effects of Music Therapy on Fibromyalgia - research of evidence by Shivani Lalloo
What is Music Therapy?
Music therapy is defined by Munro and Mount (1978) as the controlled use of music and its influence on humans to aid the integration of physiology, emotions, and psychology, during treatment. The combination of using music as a therapy for treating illnesses has been common throughout centuries, especially during the Renaissance era. A music therapist will use music to facilitate behavioral changes, by allowing patients to use a variety of musical instruments. Then, the therapist will engage in discussions about the patient’s musical interaction, allowing the patient to express his or her feelings with the aid of musical interaction. This form of therapy falls under the concept of music psychology, which is the psychology behind pitch perception and performance. Vink (2001) states that, according to music psychology, patients with little knowledge of music theory respond with the same emotional intensity to music as knowledgeable music performers. Therefore, the main aim of music therapy is to determine how patients respond emotionally to music, and improve cognitive functioning and quality of life.
Online fibromyalgia learning package
The American Fibromyalgia Association has been involved in producing an online fibromyalgia learning package for professionals and patients. It is free and after testing a certificate can be printed off. While some of it may obviously fit the American system rather than the NHS, it is still a useful resource with much valuable information.
Charity Night in Aid of FMA UK & Bury Hospice
Research Study - Dietary Intake in Women with Fibromyalgia
1.1 Aim and objectives
The aim of this research is to investigate the dietary intake of fibromyalgia patients and of healthy controls. The objectives of this study are
- to recruit a sample of fibromyalgia patients and healthy controls,
- to provide a diet diary and a symptom diary to all participants,
- to collect information on nutritional intake, medication taken and the type and frequency of symptoms
- to assess for any nutritional deficiencies or differences in dietary intake in fibromyalgia patients, compared with the control group and
- to see if there is an association between diet and experience of fibromyalgia symptoms.