Let the Music Play- Benefits of Music Therapy

“To break is easy but to heal is a great deal- Anonymous”

If there is something which has helped mankind build a wall against the atrocities of the world, it’s music! It is the binding force between nations, a thread of hope between souls and a balm for the broken. It’d not be incorrect to quote that some people breathe music. A little composition can put a baby to sleep or awaken the demons in you. Music has different therapeutic effects on different people and can evoke a myriad of emotions. It can leave you happy, sad, angry or teary eyed. But there is more to the picture. There is a whole treatment based on music and it is called music therapy. And here is what you need to know about the therapy and its benefits.

What is Music Therapy?

Musical notes round a head of the person. A vector illustration

Music therapy is a technique which involves music to help people improve their life and all its facets physically, emotionally, socially and spiritually. It also helps people reach their individual goals and build a stronger ground for the upcoming life. Music therapy is of two types: active and receptive.

Music therapy is of two types: Active and Receptive

Active Therapy: The therapist and patient create music with the help of various instrument and other objects.

Receptive Therapy: In receptive therapy, the therapist plays music and the patient can either listen or meditate.

Benefits of Music Therapy

Infant Development

infant development- music therapy

Babies tend to respond to music from a very early age. Children with special needs show higher abilities in processing and labelling emotions. Soothing music helps new borns to be more relaxed. It is also noted that music played to the womb during the late pregnancy helps children to be more responsive to music after birth.

Sleep Quality

Sleep quality- music therapy

Insomnia is a very common trait found in people these days. It has raised a serious health concern especially when there is a lot of difficulty in falling asleep. Music therapy helps fight insomnia and improves the sleep quality.

Depression

fights depression-music therapy

It is a mood disorder which is commonly found in people irrespective of the age. It affects the sleep cycle and eating habit. Music has shown effective results for people affected by depression. It helps reduce the heart rate and blood pressure.

Control Brain Waves

brain waves

The brain responds differently to different types of music. For example, a high note can stimulate the brain, increase the adrenaline level resulting in alert thinking. A slow note, on the other hand, can help calm the brain cells.

Enhanced Learning Process

enhance learning -music therapy

You remember all the nursery rhymes. Why? Because they were conveyed through a song. Music can be the ideal tool for learning new things, concepts and ideas.

Cancer

helps cancer patients

Research has shown that music therapy helps cancer patients help fight anxiety and stress caused by the chemotherapy. It also helps ease the body from nausea and vomiting.

So, what’s on your playlist?

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