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Diane Schneider, J.D., Ph.D., is a professional Vibration Medicine Therapist. Dr. Schneider is a specialist who has developed a tested protocol for sequencing harp vibrations, tempo, chord structure and plucking technique in order to resonate with and 'entrain' a patient's own cellular rhythms. For over 15 years, her intervention has been shown to calm anxiety and lift depression, release tense muscle tissue, improve digestion, induce restful sleep, and increase endorphins for pain management. Overall, it gently stimulates the immune system and aids the body's own efforts to heal itself. Over 30,000 of her therapeutic harp CD's are currently in use, in Mayo Clinic and other hospitals, Veterans Administration facilities, and in thousands of homes, schools, and veterinary practices.
Diane M. Schneider, J.D., Ph.D. firstname.lastname@example.org
Mayo Clinic Jacksonville Palliative Medicine Consultative Service, 2005-2010
Visiting Scientist, Mayo Clinic Jacksonville, 2006
Mayo Franciscan Skemp Medical Ctr , LaCrosse WI, 2000-2003
With colleagues at Mayo Clinic, Rochester, conducted 92-patient controlled crossover study of the effects of harp vibration therapy upon hospitalized patients, 2002
From Prior to 2000, Dr. Schneider taught theology in a Roman Catholic university in Minnesota; and an Anglican college in the University of Toronto, Toronto School of Theology. She also provided chaplaincy services at Scarborough Grace Hospital and at St. Raphael Nursing Home while serving as Staff Theologian at Epiphany Parish for 8 years. During these years, she began her research into the effects of harp vibration upon hospitalized patients, especially those in psychiatric, cardiac, and palliative care.
Vibration Medicine Therapy is the careful intentional application of selected vibrations, such as from music, the human voice, or external devices, to improve physical symptoms and mental, emotional, and spiritual status.
The harp is preferred as a vibration source over other instruments and devices because:
a) The quality of vibration from gut harp strings is unique, and is believed by some researchers to be particularly well-received by the human brain. The harp involves a larger number of strings (35 – 47) than other musical instruments; this produces a multiplicity of waves of resonance, including overtones at specific mathematical intervals. These factors contribute to producing a “bath” of vibrations which can influence cellular activity via biochemical processes throughout the patient’s body and mind.
b) Not all harp music is helpful, ie., too much vibration from upper register tones can result in over-stimulation and agitation instead of stress relief. A balance of both upper and lower tones is needed (minimum range of two octaves below Middle C on harp).
c) Rhythm, tempo, volume, and plucking technique must be individualized to achieve therapeutic goals. Also, the choice and sequencing of a pattern of specific intervals between notes, and certain combinations of these notes into chords, have been shown to have significant influence upon patient’s responses.
d) If sequenced and applied appropriately, and for a period of at least 20-30 minutes, harp vibration therapy can provide relief from many symptoms, especially for stress management and sleep. It is believed that, through entrainment and other processes not yet fully understood, harp vibrations stimulate cell vibration throughout the body and influence neuronal activity toward homeostasis and specifically promote the triggering of the patient’s own immune response.
e) The harp is associated with positive psychological and spiritual images in most people, and the presence of a harp has been shown to bring joy and soothing effects to patients in any condition.
f) In the difficult times surrounding the end of life process, harp vibration therapy can change the atmosphere with its calming beauty, and can be especially meaningful to patients, their families, friends, and staff.
Through research and practice from 1985 - 1999, Dr. Schneider developed a protocol, as reflected above, for sequencing harp vibrations by adjusting tones, tempo, rhythm, note intervals, volume, and chord structure, in response to patient symptoms. Thus, the therapy is symptom-driven, not diagnosis-dependent.
When administered in a conditioned setting at patient’s bedside for 20–40 minutes depending on patient’s history and condition, Dr. Schneider’s protocol has been shown to be effective in:
Lowering BP and stabilizing HR, especially in atrial fibrillation
Promoting deep sleep
Calming anxiety, agitation, and fear
Decreasing pain perception
Improving mobility and fine-motor skills in rehab patients
Reducing wandering and repetitive behaviors in gero-psych patients
Reducing tremor and improving gait in pts with Parkinson’s
Improving patient’s reported physical and spiritual well-being
The intervention is well-tolerated, especially by non-compliant pts. It improves hopefulness, outlook and mood in pts with depression, multi-symptoms, or long-term pts with chronic, painful diseases.
Referrals can be made by physicians or nurses.
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Mail: PO Box 1746, St. Augustine FL 32085
J Palliat Med. 2008 May;11(4):582-90.Related Articles, Links
The effect of music therapy on anxiety in patients who are terminally ill.
Horne-Thompson A, Grocke D.
Calvary Health Care Bethlehem, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. firstname.lastname@example.org
BACKGROUND: The literature supporting the use of music therapy in palliative care is growing. However, the number of quantitative research studies investigating the use of music therapy in palliative care, and specifically anxiety, is limited. OBJECTIVE: The aim of this research project was to examine the effectiveness of a single music therapy session in reducing anxiety for terminally ill patients. DESIGN: A randomized-controlled design was implemented and the following hypotheses tested. There will be a significant difference between the experimental and control groups on anxiety levels as demonstrated by the anxiety measurement of the Edmonton Symptom Assessment System (ESAS), and heart rate. The experimental group received a single music therapy intervention and the control group received a volunteer visit. SETTING/SUBJECTS: Twenty-five participants with end-stage terminal disease receiving inpatient hospice services were recruited. RESULTS: The first hypothesis was supported. Results demonstrated a significant reduction in anxiety for the experimental group on the anxiety measurement of the ESAS (p = 0.005). A post hoc analysis found significant reductions in other measurements on the ESAS in the experimental group, specifically pain (p = 0.019), tiredness (p = 0.024) and drowsiness (p = 0.018). The second hypothesis was not supported.
CONCLUSIONS: The study supports the use of music therapy to manage anxiety in terminally ill patients. Further studies are required to examine the effect of music therapy over a longer time period, as well as addressing other symptom issues.
PMID: 18454611 [PubMed - in process]
As a family we want to sincerely thank you for helping Steve transition from this life with your soothing music and loving attention. Your calm and easy going manner fit right in and you were always ready to please, accommodating our diverse range of musical taste selections.
Steve looked forward to your visits and always slept more soundly because of the relaxation your music provided for him. After he took his last breath a vision of my daughter, niece and I holding hands singing “O Holy Night” as you played was the beginning of our healing.
You have a special gift to share and we were so fortunate to have been connected to you at this time in our lives. Although this cannot repay you for what you have done, I am enclosing a check to help lower expenses with the hope that other patients can be as blessed and touched by your talents.
August 2007 (original below)
July 17, 2007
TO WHOM IT MAY CONCERN
RE: Diane Schneider, J.D., Ph.D
It is my distinct pleasure to write this letter of support on behalf of the harp vibration therapy provided by Diane Schneider, J.D., Ph.D. Dr. Schneider has previously conducted research in the Mayo System and now serves on our Palliative Medicine Consultative Service in Jacksonville, Florida where she has received praise from patients, families and the staff of St. Luke's Hospital.
With our patients, Dr. Schneider's work is well-tolerated and successful in addressing symptoms related to anxiety, high blood pressure, sleeplessness, agitation, dementia, depression, grief, and a variety of conditions with emotional components. In essence, she has developed a protocol for sequencing harp vibrations which can improve symptoms in critically ill patients and those at end of life. This therapeutic intervention is individualized to the patient's history and condition, and is not presented merely as entertainment. Patients, family members and staff consistently express their desire and appreciation for this modality. It is an effective adjunct to medical treatment, and is particularly well-received even by seemingly reluctant or skeptical patients.
Additionally, I would look forward to research in this fertile ground of holistic therapies which acknowledges the whole person and whole family as the unit of care.
Robert P. Shannon, MD
Assistant Professor, Family Medicine
Program Director, Palliative Medicine
4500 San Pablo Road
Jacksonville, FI 32224