Music Therapy Helps CVP Patients Get Their Groove Back

As therapists, we are constantly exploring new and innovative methods to motivate patients, increase engagement, and shorten healing time.  Many therapists have found combining music with physical therapy has a positive and lasting effect on patients with neurological impairments such as CVA, autism, and Parkinson disease. But did you know that music therapy has been shown to have positive effects on patients with CVP issues?

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ERI faculty member Donna Frownfelter PT, DPT, MA, is featured in the May issue of PT in Motion where she shares her personal experience with music therapy, the benefits to CVP patients, and how she has incorporated the treatment into her practice. In the article, “That’s Entertainment: Giving New Meaning to the Term ‘Healing Art’,” written by Keith Loria, Donna says, “I have used music with my patients and I used it myself when I had my knees replaced. I have seen its effect on patients – either getting them more involved with activity and motivates in pulmonary or cardiac rehab programs or calming them during stressful procedures.”

You can learn from Donna in her upcoming ERI courses “Maximizing Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Function in Patients to Decrease Re-Admissions and Reach Optimal Outcomes: If You Can’t Breathe Nothing Else Matters,” and “Treating the Cardiac Patient: Decrease Re-Admissions Promote Optimal Outcomes.” If you’re a PT, PTA, OT, OTA, working with school-age through adult clients with cardiovascular and/or pulmonary impairments be sure to register for these engaging and informative classes where Donna will help you take your practice to the next level.

Read more about how Donna is treating CVP patients with music therapy, and learn how other PTs and PTAs are treating patients with dancing, singing, and other increasingly popular alternative methods of therapy in this month’s PT in Motion. And be sure to register for Donna’s upcoming courses by visiting