Music is not just enjoyable, it is therapeutic as well. More and more ways of utilizing music therapy as a means of communication or healing has recently started to be used and this is now being done in a variety of different ways.
Music therapy can enrich the life of disabled individuals, says this LA Times report. Experts have opined that music therapy helps to exercise the brain and to coordinate its functioning. Music can help modulate our moods, stimulate our language skills and creativity, it can bring out emotional responses and can even help us move.
This view is supported by practical application of music therapy that has been used to help autistic individuals with their emotions.
It has also been used to help victims of Parkinson’s disease to walk and help stroke victims regain their movement and power of speech.
A person with Alzheimer’s, a degenerative mental disease, will typically recognize fewer and fewer things as their disease progresses, and yet music is usually the last thing that sufferers may recognize. It is even possible that music therapy could delay the onset of this degenerative disease.
Music therapy could help Alzheimer’s victims as well as cancer patients, says another report. The case of U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords of Arizona, who learned to speak again with the help of music therapy after being brain damaged is cited here.
Music therapy is a serious subject and is known to have very real impact and can help in practical ways to help reduce the stress of cancer patients and others.
A victim of gang rape and attempted murder is now being provided the unique treatment of music therapy. Doctors of SCB Medical College, Cuttack, India started music therapy on a 19 years old rape victim who is in coma in hospital. Soft music consisting of devotional songs as well as other songs the girl was familiar with, and the voices of family and relatives form a part of the music therapy.
Music therapy can be used in many different ways: for children to improve behavioral problems and learning difficulties and can help adolescents overcome mood disorders. It is also used to ameliorate heart disease and to help stoke patients.
Even on a day to day basis, we can benefit from including some music therapy in our day. At the least it can help lower stress and elevate the mood, which in turn can have positive implications for health and wellbeing.