Specific Goal: I would like the audience to realize the therapeutic effects that music can have.
Music therapy is the use of music by health care professionals to promote healing and enhance quality of life for their patients.
The use of music for medicinal purposes began thousands of years ago.
Thesis Statement: Music therapy is currently used to treat three types of ailments.
Physical ailments are among the first of the three to be treated through the use of music therapy.
Cancer patients have benefited from its use.
It helps with nausea and vomiting.
It also helps with pain control.
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Music therapy can also motivate an individual.
(There is one more ailment left to discuss.)
The last of the three ailments to be treated through the use of music therapy are psychological.
Music therapy is also used in the treatment of mentally ill patients.
Depression has been known to benefit from this.
Autistic children have also benefited through the use of music therapy intervention.
Music therapy is also used effectively with newborns.
Premature newborns experience increased weight gain.
It can affect the growth and development of newborns.
There are many ways in which Music Therapy can help to heal.
I hope that you have learned some of those different ways.
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