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Creative Therapies and Mind-Body Health Systems

  • Veena Sankar
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Abstract

This chapter covers noninvasive complementary modalities that are generally not part of conventional treatment plans. Creative therapies, including music and art, will be explored. Theories and evidence of attention and distraction as modulators of pain will be presented. Mind-body therapies, such as massage, yoga, and t’ai chi, will also be covered. Relevant scientific data and evidence will be presented with the understanding that many of these ethereal and personalized therapies do not always rest their laurels on the scientific method. Novel and emerging methods to harmonize the current rigorous, reductionist standards of scientific literature and the intuitive, holistic approaches of complementary therapies will be discussed. Concepts of pluralism and whole-systems research will be explored.

The therapies were selected for their prevalence in major cancer centers in the United States and abroad, as well as their relevance to presenting the overarching issues facing complementary therapies regarding research, legitimacy, patient safety, and funding.

Keywords

Music therapy Art therapy Massage Yoga T’ai chi Mind-body Creative Pluralism Whole systems 

Abbreviations

AATA

American Art Therapy Association

ACMT

Advanced certified

AMA

American Medical Association

AMTA

American Music Therapy Association

ATCB

Art Therapy Credentials Board

ATCS

Art Therapist Certified Supervisor

ATR

Art therapist registered

ATR-BC

ATR-Board Certified

CAM

Complementary and alternative medicine

CMT

Certified massage therapist

CMT

Certified music therapist

FDA

Food and Drug Administration

fMRI

Functional magnetic resonance imaging

IAYT

International Association of Yoga Therapists

JAMA

Journal of the American Medical Association

LMT/P

Licensed massage therapist/practitioner

MBAT

Mindfulness-based art therapy

MEG

Magnetoencephalography

MT-BC

Music Therapist Board Certified

NCBMTB

National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage

NCCAM

National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine

NMTR

National Music Therapist Registry

PET

Positron emission tomography

RMT

Registered music therapist

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  • Veena Sankar
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  1. 1.Austin Anesthesiology GroupAustinUSA

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