Music Therapy & Biofeedback


by

Eric B.Miller Ph.D. CMT-BC BCIAC


Presentation at the Joint National Music Therapy Conference in Nashville, November, 1996 with Dr. Peter Redmond Dr. Miller and Dr. Redmond consult in corporate settings on the implementation of alternative healthcare systems.

Presenters: Eric Miller Ph.D. CMT-BC Peter Redmond D.C. Lynn Miller B.A.

Title: Music Therapy & Biofeedback in Assisting the Chiropractic Process

Abstract:  This workshop presented recent work in developing an interactive system of improvised music in conjunction with the chiropractic adjustment session to accelerate the reduction of vertebral subluxations which impinge on the functioning of the nervous system.  Biofeedback instruments may be used in the pre and post chiropractic  session to document  changes in motor-unit firing, general muscular relaxation, peripheral blood flow, HR, BP and brain wave activity.

	Some background and theoretical constructs of chiropractic utilizing the Network Spinal Analysis system were initially presented,  followed by discussion of the employment of the musical improvisation  with regard to use of particular musical intervals and rhythms through different phases of the chiropractic adjustment.  A demonstration of this "gentle touch" system of chiropractic  followed with the aid of 6 or 8 volunteers.  

 Description:   This workshop  combined didactic presentation of basic chiropractic and music therapy premises with experiential involvement in order to relate the theory to actual practice.     Following an initial  presentation of "gentle touch" chiropractic concepts utilizing the Network Spinal Analysis system, the employment of the musical improvisation  with regard to use of particular musical intervals and rhythms through different phases of the chiropractic adjustment was  discussed.
 
	The "phase" system of spinal elongation/constriction was  introduced preceding a demonstration with the assistance of  volunteers.  Participants had an opportunity to experience how music therapy is utilized to help facilitate the release of spinal tension and were also  guided in how to implement some of the musical techniques.  Physical and cognitive processing was addressed and followed by refinement of intervention techniques.  

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