ADTA President Sherry Goodill, ADTA policy consultant Myrna Mandlawitz, and Corinna Brown represented the American Dance Therapy Association at Hill Day in Washington, D.C. yesterday, April 17, 2012. They educated politicians about the importance of Dance/Movement Therapy and asked members of Congress to support research on creative arts therapy as well as clarify prospective payment systems for Medicaid and Medicare.
Art, dance, and music therapy are a significant part of complementary medicine in the twenty-first century. These creative arts therapies contribute to all areas of health care and are present in treatments for most psychologic and physiologic illnesses. Although the current body of solid research is small compared with that of more traditional medical specialties, the arts therapies are now validating their research through more controlled experimental and descriptive studies. The arts therapies also contribute significantly to the humanization and comfort of modern health care institutions by relieving stress, anxiety, and pain of patients and caregivers. Arts therapies will greatly expand their role in the health care practices of this country in the twenty-first century. Art, dance, and music therapy. [Phys Med Rehabil Clin N Am. 2004] - PubMed -NCBI via www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov