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Phys Med Rehabil Clin N Am. 2004 Nov;15(4):827-41, vi-vii.

Art, dance, and music therapy.

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Research & Development, Music Health Institute, 532 Colorado Avenue, Santa Monica, CA 90401 USA.


Art, dance, and music therapy are a significant part of complementary medicine in the twenty-first century. These creative arts therapies contribute to all areas of health care and are present in treatments for most psychologic and physiologic illnesses. Although the current body of solid research is small compared with that of more traditional medical specialties, the arts therapies are now validating their research through more controlled experimental and descriptive studies. The arts therapies also contribute significantly to the humanization and comfort of modern health care institutions by relieving stress, anxiety, and pain of patients and caregivers. Arts therapies will greatly expand their role in the health care practices of this country in the twenty-first century.

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