Today I stumbled upon the newly offered newsletter for the University of Michigan’s Comprehensive Cancer Center (which you should definitely sign up for, by emailing cancernews@umich.edu).

In that newsletter were some great updates on their research departments and where they’re headed with testing. Also included was information for patients and their families in order to cope easier with the difficulties they’re facing. The one thing I had to post was on the new endowment that they received for a patient’s music therapy program offered throughout their center.

The program itself is designed to reduce anxiety, ease pain and nausea, and improve their quality of life during cancer treatments. Music can speak to anyone after all!

Many of the principles of music therapy are based on a concept called “entrainment,” which means that your body will synchronize with outside sources of stimulation, like energy or sound. For example, a good resting heartbeat is 60 to 80 beats per minute. If you listen to music around that rate, it’ll stay the same; if you listen to faster or slower music, your heart will respond accordingly. Music therapy also activates both the left and right sides of the brain, stimulating both analytical and creative thinking. According to the American Cancer Society, scientific studies have shown the value of music therapy on the body, mind, and spirit of children and adults.

You could and should read more about the specific Music Therapy Program and the people who have continued to make this fabulous opportunity available to patients at the University of Michigan’s Comprehensive Care Center, Bill and Dee Brehm.

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