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Music can help traumatised troops

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marching_bass_drum_player_500_wht_11501marching_trombone_player_500_wht_11494 marching_sousaphone_player_500_wht_11489marching_major_500_wht_11412 Music has been prescribed as therapy for UK troops suffering from the mental and physical effects of war including PTSD.

This would extend the role that military musicians historically had of rescuing casualties from the battle fields and acting as stretcher-bearers.

Captain Craig Hallett, the director of music for the Royal Artillery Band said “Since the second world war there has been a realisation that healing can be helped by music and can even work as therapy for physical injuries … and we’re really concentrating on that now at Headley Court”.

At Headley Court rehabilitation centre there is a music room where injured service personnel can play guitars, pianos and percussion instruments. Army musicians regularly perform at Headley Court but not in a direct therapeutic role.

It was hoped that that would change according to a report in the Guardian on a conference “Worlds in Collision organised by the charity The Musical Brain.

In America there is a longer tradition of using music therapeutically


Author: mikethepsych

He says he's a psychologist but aren't we all?

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