The idea of using music as a healing influence dates back to ancient times and in today’s modern world, music for therapy came to be more widely known when musicians played for war veterans to cure them of physical and emotional trauma. Since the response was well and results even better, nurses and doctors began requesting the services of musicians for therapy. Eventually music therapy became recognized as an effective and scientifically-backed mode of treatment performed by a trained music therapist as they measure the emotional well-being, social functioning, physical health, and cognitive skills through the patients responses to music and once the assessment is complete, the practitioner designs music session for the individuals. The therapeutic music is prepared mostly based on client needs and uses music improvisation, lyric discussion, song writing, imagery and musical performances.
Elderly people and people with developmental and learning disabilities, people suffering from Alzheimer’s disease and age related problems and people in acute pain also benefit from music therapy. Music therapy is also a powerful way to help people express their feelings and can also be a very powerful way to reach children and adolescents.
There is no one particular style of music that is more therapeutic than the rest a any style of music can be equally effective.
Even healthy people can make use of the healing powers of music as listening to or making music, playing or drumming can greatly improve productivity and reduce stress. Research shows that music is a vital support for physical exercise and is even said to assist labor and delivery in childbirth situations.
In hospitals, music therapy is used to alleviate pain and is often used in conjunction with anesthesia or pain medication. Music helps because it dissolves emotional barriers and elevates the patients mood and can also counteracts depression, calms and even sedates patients.
If properly practiced music therapy can be a great help for anyone looking to get healthy, get rid of stress and stay healthy.