Benefits of Musical Therapy


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“Music — what a powerful instrument, what a mighty weapon!” – Maria August von Trapp

We all have that one song or that one playlist that makes us completely forget our problems and just dance to the beat. Music is a powerful tool that plays a big role in the lives of people today. It’s truly challenging and nearly impossible to describe what music is. Music has the power to make people feel happy, cheerful, sad, relaxed, and energized.

History of Music Therapy:

Music Therapy was recognized as a therapy since the end of World War II.

Nurses and doctors were shocked to see how people responded to music as a way of therapy to overcome their physical, mental, and emotional trauma caused by the war. After this, doctors requested the hospitals to hire professional musicians, seeing the powerful effects music had on the healing process.

The Physical Effects of Music Therapy:

In recent times, studies show that music aids or support the body in the recovery process and it also helps the patient to feel reduced pain during the release of chemicals.

Everything in our body is naturally hardwired with rhythm, from heartbeats to brainwaves. Music is proven to have the ability to lower blood pressure levels through listening to relaxing rhythms and sounds.

Research states that certain music compositions if matched with the human body’s rhythm can be used to lower blood pressure and keep the heart under control. An Oxford University study also stated that music therapy is a very efficient way to reduce hypertension.

The Mental Effects of Music Therapy:

Over the past years, studies have shown that music therapy enables music to release mood-enhancing chemicals into our body, that therapists can capitalize on for the treatment of patients.

Dopamine is also known as the “feel good” chemical increases the pleasure receptors when released in our body. This hormone is released when we listen to music. This hormone helps us to feel good and motivates us to seek out similar activities to achieve that feeling.

The Endorphin hormones, when released into our body, give us a happy and cheerful state of mind. Often to referred to as the “Runners high”, science has also proved that music also has the power to create this feeling of pleasure and happiness when this hormone is released into the body.

Other Benefits of Music Therapy:

The power of music to change the body’s response to recovery without the use of traditional medication truly opens doors for all people, from tender premature babies to the elderly down with Alzheimer’s.

Over the last 80 years, studies have proven that studying Music improves the Academic performance of High School students. Studies also prove that listening to music improves and boosts sleep quality.

According to The Center for Cardiovascular Disease in China, “music-assisted relaxation” can be used for the treatment of both acute and chronic sleep disorders, that include everything from anxiety and stress to insomnia.

It is proved that listening to music, before and during sleep, greatly helps people who suffer from Chronic Sleep Disorders.

Written By - Daniel Deepak Charles

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