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Sunday, January 29, 2006

Music Therapy: A Complementary Medicine

Music therapy, a form of complementary medicine has begun to be widely used by trained therapists in overcoming emotional, intellectual, social and physical challenges. Geriatric nursing homes, nursing homes, hospitals, rehabilitation centres, schools, and community centres are all using music therapy for the well being of their inmates with a great degree of success.

Throughout the history of mankind, music has been a vehicle for expressing emotions, and profoundly affects our moods, while altering our breathing and heart rate, either by acting as a stimulant or a sedative. Non-toxic, with no harmful effects, music therapy is a safe remedy for alleviating emotional, social and physical ailments. Reducing stress, improving moods, and helping to relax, music can also act as an incentive to exercise, dance or jog the trail. It improves academic strengths, communication skills, attention spans and motor skills, and helps in pain management and behavioural therapy.

Our brain functions responding physically to music, let its rhythm guide our bodies into a pattern of slow, deep breathing inducing a feeling of calm and relaxing tense muscles. Extremely responsive to the volume and beat of music, heart rates and blood pressure speed up or slow down to match the tempo. Raising endorphins (natural pain relievers) levels in our bodies, music decreases stress hormone levels, thereby leading to a definite improvement in our bodily immune functions.

It not only sharpens mental acuity, music enhances memory and learning, so much so, children suffering from learning disabilities have shown a marked improvement. Known to raise productivity as a direct outcome of intense concentration, companies and industries encourage employees to listen to music at work.

A mood creator, movie makers exploit it by using music to create a mood of calm, tension, romance or excitement in the cinema audience. And, since time immemorial, mothers soothe babies, and send them to sleep to the sound of softly sung lullabies, which makes music a valuable therapeutic tool, especially for cranky newborns.

A sensory stimulation, music helps children learn to explore, express emotion and communicate effectively, it stimulates both the brain hemispheres, and marks an improvement in speech and language skills. Promoting self-esteem, it decreases stress, anxiety and pain, helping mothers in labour and post operation patients to recover successfully.

Brain damaged stroke patients, sufferers of traumatic brain injuries and other neurological conditions have been known to significantly improve as a result of practising music therapy.

Geriatric patients in nursing homes, prone to anxiety and depression, suffering from chronic painful diseases find, music not only provides enjoyment, relaxation, and relief from pain, it is also an opportunity for socialising and reminiscing. Music has a striking effect on Alzheimer patients, who have been known to focus and become more responsive for a brief time as music calms and decreases agitation, a common trait of the disease. Studies have proven elderly people who play a musical instrument are emotionally and physically more fit than their non-musical peers.

An effective tool for the mentally and emotionally ill, music therapy has enabled autistic children to relate to others and helped them improve their learning skills. The soothing, calming influence of music is used by psychiatrists and therapists to improve reality orientation in substance abusers, schizophrenics, paranoiacs, people with personality disorders, anxiety sufferers by making them participate, interact socially and develop coping skills by effective expression of their feelings.

Music relieves pain, anxiety, and depression of terminally ill patients, providing relief from pain by helping them relax.

Dr. Julie Trudeau strongly advocates digital music therapy, advising patients not to discontinue medications / therapies prescribed by their doctor without prior consultation. But, she does recommend listening to digital music as a cure from pain, anxiety and stress! The best cure of all, relax to the sound of digital music or jog off the pounds listening to it!


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