Music therapy can benefit anybody from babies to seniors. It can help those with a range of conditions from depression to brain injuries and everything in between.
Music Therapy is a form of psychological healing. Music has the ability to inspire us and change our emotions. Even ancient civilizations used music as a form of healing in times of need. Different aspects of music (tempo, pitch, rhythm, etc.) affect different parts of the brain. Licensed music therapists know which parts of the brain need stimulation for healing and know what type of music a patient should hear. Have you tried it yet? Today, we’ll list some of the most prominent uses for music therapy.
Your body responds to the rate of the music you’re listening to. It has been proven to improve blood pressure levels in the same way that it reduces feelings of stress and anxiety. Do you ever listen to music when you’re feeling stressed or sad and notice that it helps you feel calm? That’s because it’s improving your blood pressure. Music can truly affect you both mentally and physically!
Music Therapy has been proven to improve cognitive functions, which can include memory loss. It is common to find music therapists in nursing homes and hospitals caring for Alzheimer’s patients and other memory-related ailments.
Research shows that when mothers play music near their pregnant bellies, their babies are generally more responsive to music after birth. Music then allows babies to develop at a faster rate, from gaining weight to deeper sleep. Additionally, when parents sing lullabies to their children, not only is it a unique bonding experience but it also improves physiological function. This, in turn, can destress both the parents and babies.
One of the biggest uses for musical therapy is with autistic patients. While those with Autism generally lack socialization and communicative skills, they often have other great skills, like understanding music. Music therapy is a great way for autistic individuals to practice communication, both by listening and creating.
While antidepressants certainly help a lot of people who suffer from depression, there are natural remedies. Diet, exercise, meditation, and music therapy are just a few examples. Music can improve a person’s emotional intelligence and induce feelings of happiness by releasing happy hormones.
Pain medications send receptors to the brain to lower the sensation of pain. However, addiction and overdose rates from pain medications are rising – and you can’t overdose on music. Music can increase oxytocin levels, a hormone that brings feelings of happiness, calmness, and love. Most pain medications increase this hormone as well. The difference is that music does it without all of the harmful side effects. Music can also release the hormone dopamine, which induces feelings of happiness. Studies have also shown that when a person actually plays the music themselves, either by singing or with an external instrument, those hormone levels are even higher.
Music therapy is considered an alternative form of medicine, so not all health plans will cover it for all uses. Find out how you can get coverage for music therapy services. Give us a call at 615-541-4257.