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Tambura therapy hits the right note
8:00am Thursday 17th May 2012 in Health
A UNIQUE form of therapy used at St Michael’s Hospice has proved to be a huge help to patients.
The body tambura, a musical instrument thought to be the first of its kind in the UK, has proved to be beneficial to patients and their families by relieving anxiety, distress and fear.
Research carried out since its introduction at the hospice in 2011 shows the average patient’s level of distress at the start of a session reduces after listening to the instrument.
Anthony Hall, complementary therapy co-ordinator at the hospice, said: “This instrument requires no musical experience or training and can be played by anyone. It can be helpful in a number of clinical situations.”
Differing from the traditional Indian tambura, it is rectangular so sits comfortably on the chest or back of the patient, enveloping them in relaxing vibrations and sounds.