Music Therapy – An Insight
After a long tiring day, a beautiful country song with a heart full of guitar chords as background music, the long echoed soothing music while doing yoga at morning, dance till u drop at the party with the jazz or Bollywood numbers or simply old, slow, beautiful classics on the radio while preparing lunch at home on a lazy Sunday. Music has always been a constant support throughout our life. The role of music for the enhancement of one’s happy mood and taking people out of the misery of life is undebatable. Over the years, the growth of the music industry has been commendable, not only for the entertainment purpose but also in the field of health and medicine. We all have come to the concept of music as a form of therapy, a measure to treat a large no of health problems and has created a successful impact on both provider and receiver.
“A great song should lift your heart, warm the soul and make you feel good” – ColbieCaillat
The success history of the music therapy is long and known but the root or the origin of this therapy is still questionable. A complete absence of the research studies in music therapy to tell how it became a part of the clinical practice. But however, its positive effect on the patients dealing with dementia and Alzheimer, Anxiety, blood pressure, headache, diabetes, children with behavioral issues and autism even in pets dealing with different psychological and physical issues can greatly be been seen.
“The good thing about music is when it hits you, you feel no pain.” – Bob Marley
A music therapy session differs from person to person depending on the need and the age and a well-trained therapist can accommodate the best suitable session to each of the patients. The music works deeply in our central nervous system and heals us from within. Music is organized and its associated with our emotion and we are being structured to respond readily to music ever since birth. Starting from the lullaby our body and mind greatly impacted by music and it helps us to improve attention and learning. We also have a physical response to music and this actually being utilized to treat patients in coma or in depression.
“Music can lift us out of depression or move us to tears, it is remedy, a tonic, orange juice for the ear.” – Oliver Sacks
Music for Autism: Studies have shown that children with autism respond very well to music and shows great expressions and interaction during therapy with music than the rapies that do not include music. Music therapies create comfort for social interaction and communication for the autistic child. Playing instruments, Passing and recognizing the musical equipment, singing interaction songs and etiquettes are few of the activity in this therapy which highly benefits those children.
Music for Diabetes: High blood sugar is very normal in today’s world. Though there is no simple cure for this vastly spread diseases. The music therapists have successfully experimented and have found that music relaxes mind, body and normalize the blood circulation which greatly affects the secretion of hormones including insulin which works as a shield against the harm that high blood sugar made in the body.
Music for Depression and Anxiety: A mind which is depressed or has an anxiety disorder is often restless and out of peace. Where therapists have seen a vast improvement in the mood and behavior of these patients when treated with music. Music creates a happy environment and positivity across surrounding which helped patients to feel fresh and rejuvenated.
Music for dementia and Alzheimer: As the music relaxes the brain muscles, improving our thinking process and makes us more focused hence it is highly influential for patients with the neurological disorder. Studies show that the patients with dementia and Alzheimer who have stopped talking and remembering things respond very well to the treatment and starts all that they have once stopped.
Music during pregnancy: Though studies do not show any direct linkage between the unborn and music but a few results have shown that the overall growth of the baby in the womb who has exposure to music is greatly significant than those who do not. It uplifts the mood of the baby’s mother which certainly linked to the baby and listening to the vibration of the music, the baby’s psychological, behavioral, physical growth can be very positive.
“Music expresses that which cannot be said and on which it is impossible to be silent”- Victor Hugo
Music as therapy or as a normal source of entertainment has always been with us through thick and thin which relishes memories of our life and will continue to do so. As said by Friedrich Nietzsche “Without music, life would be a mistake.”
So just turn the radio on!