MUSIC: A Silent Healer (Music therapy)

“Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination, and life to everything.” – Plato

No one can deny that music rejuvenates and fill enthusiasm within us.

According to a study musicians and those people who are fond of music have more life expectancy than others. For most of us music is an inseparable part of our lives, and it's crazy because we never realize the process which makes us addicted to music.

For many people, music stands as a constant companion in their every mood. The specialty of music to trigger the emotional aspect of a person is so amazing that it compelled the researchers to dig out the mysteries of music. That's where they ended up discovering "music therapy".

What is music therapy?

A therapy that aims at well being of a person by virtue of musical notes is known as "music therapy". Music therapists are qualified professionals having special skill set to understand human emotion and relate it to music. Nowadays music therapy is considered to be more effective than the psychological therapies. There is no proper reason discovered till now, but when the counselling session is done along with soothing music then it's way more beneficial than normal sessions.The combination of melody, harmony, and rhythm stimulate the senses of a person and promote calmness by slowing down the breath, heart rate and other bodily functions. You can find some of the calm music on youtube that will help you to overcome your stress. If you think you are in severe depression then you should always go for professional music therapists.

Importance of music in history:

Inclination of humans towards music is from long time and hence, the music has a very significant history. Earlier the choir was especially invited by the king to celebrate victories and even in grievances to worship god. In many states whenever the king or any minister got injured, then hymns and classical music were considered to be an important part in their cure. The idea of music therapy came after world war II when thousands of soldiers were suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and a special musical group was invited just to make them feel good. But soon doctors and nurses found out that music helped their patients to recover faster both mentally and physically. This paved the way for medical researchers to find out the reason behind the calmness that music provides.

Types of music therapy:

There are basically two types of music therapy:

  • Receptive music therapy:

Receptive music therapy includes listening to recorded or live music chosen by a therapist. It can elevate your mood, decrease stress, decrease pain, enhance relaxation and decrease anxiety. Although it doesn't affect disease, it can help with coping skills.

  • Active music therapy:

In active music therapy, therapists make their patients involved in some form of music-activity or music-making, either by singing or by playing instruments. Researchers at Baylor, Scott, and White Universities are studying the effect of harmonica playing on patients with COPD in order to determine if it helps improve lung function. Another example of active music therapy takes place in a nursing home in Japan: therapists teach the elderly how to play easy-to-use instruments so they can overcome physical difficulties.

Benefits of music therapy:

  • It helps to elevate bad mood as music boosts the brain capacity to release dopamine that helps to relieve stress and anxiety and hence it is helpful in dragging us out of our sorrows.

  • It reduce the chances of heart diseases. Studies have shown that blood runs more efficiently when we hear music and so it helps to cure blood pressure issues and also keeps us away from many other heart diseases by managing stress hormones.

  • It reduces the muscle stress.

  • It increases the body's efficiency while doing workout.

  • It is sometimes used as a alternatives for sedatives given before any surgery or any therapy that includes physical pain.

“Music is the moonlight in the gloomy night of life.” Jean Paul Friedrich Richter

There is hardly anyone who doesn't like to hear music and everybody has their own taste for it.

It's astonishing that everybody gets connected to the music regardless of anything and this makes music one of the best healer for everyone.

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