Benefits of Music therapy

PHYLLIS LOGIE By PHYLLIS LOGIE, 6th Apr 2011 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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Music play an important role in the treatment of many psychiatric illnesses, heavily relied upon as a calming influence on those who are mentally disturbed.

Music soothes the savage breasts

It has long been recognised that listening to music can have a soothing and beneficial effect on both the human mind and body. However, the therapeutic use of music was not formalised into a bona fide profession until 1944, where the Michigan State University formulated the first ever music therapy degree programme. However, it was not until 1998 that the American Music Therapy Association was launched, designed to educated students about the health benefits associated with music.

Music therapy has been used in Psychiatric institutions as a means of calming, soothing and healing the bruised and battered emotions of the psychologically disturbed for many years, with very good results.

When used in the psychiatric setting the main focus is on giving the emotionally disturbed an opportunity to explore their feelings, effect a positive change of mood, help them to practice problem solving, assist in the removal of conflicts and help them to strengthen personal relationships.

Not only is it beneficial in the field of psychological medicine, it has also benefited those suffering from cancer, where music is used in the management of their pain and for the easing of muscle and body tensions amongst other things.

Scientific proof exist which support the notion that brain waves are profoundly affected by strong rhythmic beats which helps to improve concentration, whilst calmer and more soothing melodies, relax and relieve tension ultimately bringing about a sense of well-being and creativity, a change which often lasts long after the music has ceased.

Music also has the ability to impact on the breathing rate. As the brain waves alter, so do other bodily functions controlled by the autonomic nervous system, such as the heart rate and breathing which is beneficial for those who suffer from stress, tension and anxiety. It boosts the immune system and reduces high blood pressure, helps individuals to express deep seated feelings, enhances memory recall, improves concentration, promotes physical rehabilitation, and it has also been used during child birth and delivery to alleviate labour pains.

Music therapy is beneficial to all age groups, including children suffering from Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) as well as individuals suffering from Alzheimer's disease, where it is believed to improve brain chemistry and has a calming influence. Music activates the cerebellum and through music therapy some stroke victims have been able to regain their ability to speak.

There are many misconception associated with music therapy, the most common is that for the patient to derive benefits from the therapy, they must have musical abilities, a notion that is totally false. Also that there is only one particular style of music that is beneficial, this is also a misconception.

The style of music is always determined by the patients own personal preferences, circumstances and treatment needs. The goals that the patient and the therapist have set, all conspire to arrive at the choice of music which most suits the treatment needs of the individual. Scientific proof exists to support the theory that all types of music can be effective and is capable of achieving positive results.

Music therapists are professionally trained individuals, who usually work in institution such as psychiatric hospitals rehabilitation centres, outpatients departments, drug rehabilitation centres. Although generally attached to large institutions, many individuals also have private practices.

The benefits derived from music therapy are not exclusive to individuals in need of medical attention, healthy individuals can use music to help them relax and aid restful sleep. Whilst undertaking exercises, jogging, meditating or doing Yoga, it helps to take their minds off any pain or discomfort which might be present. It aids concentration during self-hypnosis or whilst just taking a bath. In fact anywhere where it is felt that music would be beneficial.

Recent scientific studies have uncovered breakthrough evidence which prove that music therapy significantly increases the Human Growth Hormone (HGH), said to be effective at reducing the possibility of osteoporosis, increasing energy levels, sexual function and muscle mass, it relieves aches and pains and reduces facial wrinkles. 'If music be the food of love play on'.

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Alternative Medicine, Counselling, Mental Health, Music, Psychiatric, Psychology, Psychotherapy, Relaxation, Therapy

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author avatar PHYLLIS LOGIE
I am a retired female who has been writing for the past five years. My favorite topics are history and biographies.

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author avatar vpaulose
6th Apr 2011 (#)

Thank you Phyllis for this article on music. Music is really powerful. Thank you also for adding me to your friends' list.
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author avatar PHYLLIS LOGIE
9th Apr 2011 (#)

Hi songbird B, I am so glad you enjoyed it.

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author avatar Songbird B
9th Apr 2011 (#)

Phyllis, this is a great article, and music really can do wonders...I am so pleased to see this...A brilliant share of an insightful topic...

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
29th May 2011 (#)

Very nice article, Phyllis. Where would we be without music? Thanks for sharing.

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