Art, Dance, and Music
Art, dance, and music and CAM
Art, dance, and music all appeal to a person's senses and may be used as therapy in
many situations. Each of these modalities helps a person express himself or herself
and helps distract and potentially improve from the disease or illness:
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 any other form of art.
Dance therapy. This helps improve body image and self-esteem, decrease fears, express
anger, decrease body tensions, reduce chronic pain, and more.
Music therapy. Often used in hospitals and other care centers, this is an effective
relaxant for infants and children. It may also be used with burn victims, cancer patients,
cerebral palsy patients, and patients with other brain disorders and neurological
conditions such as Alzheimer's.
Resources for more information on these therapies:
American Art Therapy at www.arttherapy.org
American Dance Therapy Association at www.adta.org
American Music Therapy Association at www.musictherapy.org