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Music is a therapeutic. It has the power to heal your soul and body.

Music is an art, a science; where our words fail, we use the language of music to express our emotions. Music plays an important role in our lives. Music is usually linked to the mood of an individual -- a certain song can make us sad, happy, relaxed, and energetic. Music has a profound effect on your brain and body. We have a physiological response to music -- children dance on the beat of music even before they can talk. There is an inherent association between our social behavior and songs, as lyrics represent the harmonic verbal communication.

Music therapy is one of the most effective ways of treatment. It is the clinical and evidence-based use of music interventions. There is an important function of music in our brain -- from the evolutionary standpoint. Music precedes language. Music taps into our emotions and feelings; it also helps improve our attention skills; it is a social experience which enhances learning. Music therapy is used in the treatment of depression, autism, dementia, and infant development etc. Depression is an illness that involves body, mood, and thoughts. When music is heard it tends to displace the negative mood, thought, and emotions and uplifts the spirit.  Music therapy is also beneficial in surgical procedures like knee replacement surgery or patients undergoing hemodialysis. It is an efficient and cost-effective way of treatment.

The two ways of music therapy are active and receptive. In the former, the patient and the therapist, both create music with instruments, and in later, the patient is free to draw, listen, and meditate while the therapist creates music. Music also plays a crucial role during pregnancy period. In about 16 weeks, the fetus is able to listen to its mother’s voice and is influenced by her singing. Stress negatively effects the baby during pregnancy. This technique is helpful to reduce the stress level of the mother. Hence, music rehabilitates the mind, body and soul.

Senator Harry Reid of Nevada is noted for saying, "Simply put, music can heal people." The specialized field of music therapy harnesses science to drive the experience of music toward fulfilling a client’s physical, emotional, intellectual or social needs. Music therapy helps remedy diseases, disorders, and infirmities by the means of song, rhythm, vibrations and frequencies.
Studies verify the success of music therapy in general physical rehabilitation. It can ease movement, raise a client's motivation to engage in their treatment, offer emotional support and give them an outlet to express their feelings. You can find music therapy used in a variety of settings including hospices, operating rooms, family clinics, psychiatric hospitals and schools for children with special needs.
Music therapists work in pretty much every area of healthcare and can be found at hospitals, cancer centers, schools, alcohol and drug recovery programs and even correctional facilities Trained therapist work with clients on relaxation, communication, motor skills, mental processing and physical movement.
Credentialed music therapists help clients:
• Reduce pain.
• Reduces stress
• Reduce asthma attacks
• Improve their immune system
• Lessen the effects of dementia
• Reduce anxiety before surgery
• With Parkinson’s, reduce tremors
• With epilepsy, reduce seizures
• Who are premature infants, sleep and eat better
• With Alzheimer’s, gain some memory retrieval
• With fibromyalgia, improve motor function
• With autism, improve the ability to communicate and connect with others

Taking into account the way the mind and body function together, the less invasive method of music therapy in prescribed doses can remedy certain neurologic conditions and deficits.

In Chinese medicine, the meridian system, is an active system circulating molecules or metabolites throughout the body. Also in Chinese medicine the liver, lung, heart, spleen and kidney are considered the five main internal organs. A big part of this medicine is the belief that the meridian system and internal organs each have a specific musical tone that encourages healing.

The type of music does make a difference. The music of an individual’s own culture might prove the most potent for music therapy. Also it seems music that reflects the listener's preferences is prone to have the greatest effect.
Different Types of music evoke different kinds of stimulation in the brain. Classical music induces relaxation and even sleep, while it reduces stress, depression, and anxiety. Fast music like rock triggers the heart to speed up. Also rock music, great for dancing, compels listeners to move.

There isn’t a general type of music or instrument used in music therapy. All genres of music can potentially make a positive change in a client’s life. Music Therapy targets the genre and type of music to the client and the specific goals they are aiming for. Trained music therapist determines what music to use by tailoring it to the individual’s preferences and the treatment they need.

Now that we know more about what music therapy is we can understand the many benefits connected with it. Music helps reconnect patients with what’s still hale and hearty in them, even when faced with devastating conditions, illnesses, and suffering.

 

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