Alternative Therapies

What is Alternative Therapy and what are the treatment options offered at Haven Behavioral Hospital of Philadelphia?

Haven Behavioral Hospital of Philadelphia offers alternative therapy treatment opportunities as an added benefit to our patients.  For patients who would like options to enhance their traditional treatment plan, alternative therapies such as movement/stretching, music and recreational therapy are growing in popularity.  According to a 2007 study conducted by the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health, more than 38% of adults and nearly 12% of children in the United States use some form of complementary or alternative medicine.

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Movement/Stretching

Stretching has always been touted as a way to ease tension, typically in muscles.  At Haven Behavioral Hospital of Philadelphia, stretching and movement are a type of therapy utilized to ease not only physical tension, but also mental stress.  Stretching the body helps patients concentrate on the movement which relieves stress and helps relax the body.  This, in turn, quiets the mind and helps the patient relax.

Music Therapy

At Haven Behavioral Hospital of Philadelphia, music therapy is used as a way for patients to communicate, interact and express themselves through a medium other than speech. Music has a way of taking us back to another time.  Maybe it is songs that were popular in high school or the song you danced to at your wedding.  Patients may have this same reaction to a specific song or type of music that reminds them of a happy time in their life.  In addition, the use of music therapy helps decrease anxiety in patients, reduces muscle tension and, in some cases, increases socialization.  Music therapy allows patients to make music, listen to music and discuss what they have heard or feelings that the music invoked.  Music therapy sessions may occur on an individual basis or in a group setting.

Art Therapy

Art therapy at Haven Behavioral Hospital of Philadelphia utilizes various forms of art, the creative process and the completed artwork to explore a patient’s feelings, resolve emotional conflicts, manage behavior, reduce anxiety and develop social skills.  Through this form of self expression, patients are able to increase their self esteem while enjoying the calming process of creating art.


Sources:

https://nccih.nih.gov/news/camstats/NHIS.htm

http://www.musictherapy.org/assets/1/7/bib_psychopathology.pdf

http://www.arttherapy.org

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For patients who would like options to enhance their traditional treatment plan, alternative therapies such as meditation, yoga and pet therapy are popular.
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