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A Fortis initiative: Making patients better through music

In an initiative aimed at enhancing patient recovery,the Noida wing of Fortis Hospital launched the Fortis Zila Khan Music Therapy Centre on Wednesday.

Written by Dipankar Ghose | Noida |
December 15, 2011 1:43:35 am

In an initiative aimed at enhancing patient recovery,the Noida wing of Fortis Hospital launched the Fortis Zila Khan Music Therapy Centre on Wednesday.

The centre,which will function on Saturdays,would have Ustad Zila Khan and others singing to patients for “bringing about positive changes in the emotional,psychological and physical health of the patients”. Officials of the hospital said that while music therapy is a new concept in India,it has its roots in scientific theory,and has been known to be beneficial for patients dealing with autism,learning disablities,dementia,depression and cancer.

Officials of the hospital said that when music therapy is applied to patients,they experience improved respiration,lower blood pressure,relaxed muscle tension and decreased pain due to increase in the level of endorphins and increased immunologic functioning. Sukhmeet Singh Sandhu,Director,Fortis Healthcare (North),said,“We believe that the Fortis Zila Khan Music Therapy Centre will contribute to the overall well being of our patients.”

Khan,a sufi and semi-classical singer,is the daughter of sitar maestro Ustad Vilayat Khan. She stated that the therapy sessions will be based on extensive pre-medication research,which includes identifying personalities and and determining hearing sensitivity.

Stating that the treatment sessions consist of 20 to 30 minutes of listening to ragas and world music,Khan said,“The effects of music therapy will be made by assessing response,treatment effectiveness,motor skills and other parameters. This is just the start of a process. Hopefully,the idea will grow and we can expand into treatment at home,and increasing the frequency of the OPD.”

Khan said that music therapy,as a technique,is based on two theories. “The first is the biochemical theory,which says that music is a sensory stimulus processed through vibrations. The second is entrainment theory,based on physics,which says that oscillations produced by music are received by the human energy field and organs entrain (resonate) with the given Hz (oscillations) of the music. From tribal drumming to medieval court minstrels chanting and singing,every culture has used music for relaxation and healing. This therapy is just a studied extension of that. In cases such as autism,music can also help increase the patients’ communication skills. I have studied the therapy for a long time,and I am extremely excited at the start of this journey. Hopefully,in the years to come,music therapy will get as much recognition as homeopathy and other treatments.”

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