Music Therapy and Massage Therapy Co-Treatment in Home-Based Pediatric Palliative Care: A Case Study
Keywords:Music Therapy, Massage Therapy, Pediatric Palliative Care, Palliative Care, Complementary Therapies
With increasing recognition of the benefits of complementary therapies, they are being more widely applied in many healthcare settings. This includes pediatric palliative care, wherein patients have a unique set of needs, best addressed through a family-centered interdisciplinary model. Music therapy and massage therapy fit well within this model. These authors contend the benefits of these therapies are enhanced when combined in co-treatment, as outlined in this case presentation of one pediatric palliative care patient, initially treated separately, and then in co-treatment by music and massage therapies. Perceived benefits of the co-treatment included enhanced quality of life through symptom management, engagement in a meaningful activity, and family support, as well as promotion of a defined therapy space, and increased opportunities for social interaction. Further research is needed to build a generalizable, evidence-based body of knowledge to support this type of co-treatment.