Music Heals


Friday, December 10, 2010

After piano music helped him recover from brain surgery, Dr. Richard Fratianne became a true believer in music therapy. In the burn unit at the Cleveland MetroHealth Medical Center, Fratianne is measuring patients’ stress hormones during procedures to try to prove that music therapy reduces pain and anxiety. Produced by Kerrie Hillman.

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Kerrie Hillman

Comments [8]


it is really amazing the effect that have music on people...
i love music always have and always will, music is like medicine to me
and i am so glad i had the chance to hear this because it really puts me to think on how incredible is the art of life

Oct. 20 2011 06:05 PM

Taking one's mind off that pain - that reminds me of when I had a bout of painful sciatica. To get my mind off the pain, I engrossed myself in an online game of World of Warcraft while hopped up on some pain relievers. It certainly made the healing process appear to speed along more quickly.

Aug. 12 2011 07:33 PM
davendra3d from New York, NY

im glad i listen to studio360 and this is my first time hearing about this and i think that its a good idea to bring music therapy for patients. its very intersting to hear how music therapy helps people heal and it provide a good health care for the people and its very appeling to hear Clifton Dobbs and Dr. Fratianne indicated that music is a way of helping people relax and in the process reducing the pain and its disappointing that they didnt include visual arts and also Music helps patients recover in a burn unit. i would love to hear more and listen to more advice and learn how it works.

Jun. 29 2011 10:29 AM
Craig Cortello from New Orleans, LA

Interesting that Dr. Fratianne indicated that music was an integral part of his upbringing. I once interviewed the Development Director for a symphony organization, and he said that when he speaks to representatives from major donor organizations, most were involved in music programs as a child - and that's the danger of cutting school music programs - the number of individuals who "buy in" to the power and benefits of music is likely to diminish.

Here are a few additional stories regarding music and healing from my blog @ Wordpress:

Keep up the great work!

Craig Cortello
The "Business Musician"

Jan. 01 2011 02:26 PM
Geoff Barnes from Boston, MA

I was very glad to listen to the voices of Clifton Dobbs and Dr. Fratianne as they brought to life music's role in reducing pain and anxiety in the burn center. May all the people in that center receive a measure of understanding, caring, and some form of shared meaningful interaction amidst the suffering they are facing. Thank you for reporting this story and describing their innovative investigations into the impact of music therapy.

Dec. 15 2010 10:41 PM
Andrew Knight from Grand Forks, ND

Thanks to Studio 360 for the story. It is always good to hear about music therapy represented well in the media, especially by physicians! I look forward to hearing many more fine stories exploring the ways music affects us when we are at our most vulnerable.

Dec. 12 2010 04:15 PM
Toby Saunders from Atlanta

They have 'spiritual' problems with burns? That is so stupid; the correct word is 'psychological' or 'emotional'... sure, some people have psychological problems with some injuries, that is bad, but to envoke the supernatural is irresponsible, especially for such a serious topic. Music therapy is great, art therapy is great; I'm sure if some guys could look at nude women it would have a positive effect & I'm not being funny... it has to do with what brings someone pleasure, it's not a mystery. Art therapy is nothing to do with supernaturalism, magic, healing energies... it gets dopamine flowing, endorphins flowing... it ups the production of beneficial chemicals & can envoke a greater desire to live. By the way, cannabis is one of the best medicines on Earth: it can do more than any other medicine for psychological problems like anxiety & some strains fight pain too (without the addiction & withdrawal that comes with morphine).

Dec. 12 2010 01:19 PM
Ann Langdon from New Haven, CT

I loved this show. My only slight disappointment was that you had not included the visual arts, also great healers.
One of my favorite anecdotes is of my, then, 5-yr old daughter who had just started kindergarten with several friends. On a weekend before class, she tripped on the sidewalk and somehow managed to skin her nose which then formed a nasty scab. Upon going to school o Monday, she resisted vehemently. I went into the classroom, sat down with her at a table with crayons and suggested that she draw a picture of what she thought she looked like. Within 30 seconds (no exaggeration) of completing her image, she was off and playing with her friends. She had, as Louise Bourgoise once said, objectified the emotion related to the event so it no longer held the same importance. Having interviewed 37 women artists on such topics (abuse, e.g.), I have seen time & again how the process of the visual arts can, indeed, ameliorate a range of emotional and physical illnesses. ARL

Dec. 12 2010 10:16 AM

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