Our staff uses a variety of interventions within therapy sessions. Interventions may include:
- Iso Principle: The iso principle matches the breathing rate/mood of the patient with tempo/dynamic level, gradually attempting to effect change in desired direction. Goals of the iso principle intervention are to induce sleep and to decrease heart rate, pain, and agitation.
- Song Writing: Guided song writing provides patients the opportunity for self-expression, communication, and a sense of control over their environment.
- Lyric Analysis: Opportunities for patient self-awareness can be achieved through an established and structured song lyric analysis.
- Music and Pain Management: The more a patient’s mind is focused on something else, the less it is focused on pain. Music is used as a stimulus for active focus or distraction, a cue for relaxation response, a masking agent, an information agent, and a positive environmental stimulus.
- Progressive Muscle Relaxation (PMR): PMR involves tensing specific muscle groups and then relaxing them to create awareness of tension and relaxation. Relaxation techniques are paired with music where the tempo, dynamics, and lyrics are appropriate for patient relaxation.
- Legacy Projects: Completed by patients and their families in order to process life changes, promote positive coping skills, and encourage self-expression. Legacy projects can include artwork, collages, scrapbooks, videos, and hand molds.