Medicare and Music Therapy
Have you considered trying out music therapy? Music therapy is a form of psychological healing. Even ancient civilizations used music as a form of healing! It’s possible because different aspects of music, like the pitch and rhythm, affect different parts of your brain. It can help those with anything from depression to dementia and everything in between. Let’s take a look at how music therapy may be able to help you!
How It Works
Licensed music therapists are trained in both music and psychology. They know which parts of the brain need stimulation for healing and know how to encourage it. It works differently for everyone.
When it comes to memory loss, a music therapist may encourage a patient to listen to songs from their past. Music releases certain hormones that can induce memory and remind us of other times that we’ve heard the same music. It can help patients recover memories they may have thought were lost. When it comes to pain relief, a music therapist might encourage a patient to listen to calm, soothing sounds. When it comes to depression and mental illness, a music therapist might encourage a patient to learn to play an instrument or to express themselves by writing music.
What It Helps
You may be surprised by the number of conditions that music therapy can help with! These are just a few examples:
- Heart Health: Music therapy can improve blood pressure levels by reducing stress hormones. Your body responds to the rate of the music.
- Memory Loss: Music therapists often visit nursing homes and hospitals to care for Alzheimer’s patients or others who are suffering from memory loss. Music can improve cognitive functions.
- Fetal Development: Research has proven that babies who listen to music while in the womb are born more responsive. Those babies typically develop faster, sleep better, and bond better with their parents.
- Depression: Music can induce feelings of happiness by releasing happy hormones like dopamine. It also allows depressed patients to focus their energy.
- Mental Disabilities: Autistic individuals are commonly music therapy patients. It’s a great way for them to practice communication and creativity.
- Pain Management: Music can increase oxytocin levels (love hormone), which is very similar to what pain medications do but without the addictive qualities. Music therapy provides a great alternative to over-medication.
Music Therapy Coverage
Music Therapy by a licensed music therapist is considered a reimbursable service with Medicare under Partial Hospitalization Programs (PHP). This means that as long as your music therapy services are prescribed by a doctor, are documented on a treatment plan, and are reasonably necessary, Medicare can cover it.
Because music therapy is an alternative form of medicine, the most basic plans may not cover it. We can help you find out if you can get coverage for music therapy. Give us a call at 1-844-431-1832.