'Harp' Therapy Good For The Body

It has long been recognized that music can have a profound effect on healing the human body.

Art Norman shows us how 'Harp Therapy' is working wonders.

Lynn dickens is the latest patient to come out of the operating room, and into recover, to receive this: 30-minutes of music therapy.

In this case, the musician and her long-time physician Dr. Linda Fisher.

Dr. Linda Fisher, Uses Music Therapy, "They've done studies with Alzheimer's patients. One of the studies showed that Alzheimer's patients who heard therapeutic music everyday had a better, like less agitation."

A Patient, Lynn Dickens said, "Surprised, because I'm not used to seeing her in that arena, but I've always thought of her as talented."

Dr. Fisher is among a growing number of health care professionals who are using music to help their patients cope with illnesses that range from stroke recovery, Alzheimer’s, and even cancer.

"I played for a lady today who was diagnosed with leukemia, acute leukemia,” said Dr. Fisher. “And we closed the door and I played for her for a half an hour and when I left she was snoozing."

And there's tons of research here at Loyola that harp therapy can be good for patients. For example, ladies respond better to higher frequencies and guys, better to lower tones."

"Men do better in the lower tones,” Fisher reveals. “And the upper tones, they don't hear as well and don't appreciate as much. In fact there were a lot of jokes that's why they don't listen to their wives."

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