Music Therapy Techniques: How and Why?

The idea of music therapy can be iffy ideas of you’ve never used it before. But, when you think about how music can influence and change us, it’s a totally acceptable idea to use music as a therapy for many different medical issues and ailments that are racking the body with problems.

There are all kinds of different types of music therapy for all different types of medical issues. To help you figure out what types of music help the ailment(s) you have, I have put together some information that you may find very useful.

What is Music Therapy?
Music therapy is best described as an expressive therapy. Music therapists utilize all the available facets of music, including physical, emotional, social, aesthetic, and even spiritual music to help their clients improve and maintain their health. Music therapy has proven and quantitative research that leads to patients having a firmer and quieter cognitive functioning, motor skills, and even emotional development.

Musical Therapies
Many different types of musical therapies that work great for solving many of the problems people face on a daily basis, some these are more obvious than others. For example, clinical musical therapies include biomusicology, which sounds extremely complicated but is nothing more than music done on a biological level. The natural music from the woods, the jungles, or even the silence of winter biomes brings people different types of musical therapies that they couldn’t get anywhere else in the world except in the middle of these woods and jungles it selves.

Musical therapies include more than just biomusicology, but also include psychoacoustics. Psychoacoustics sounds like its scary or something that only would be used on mental patients, but in reality it’s the study of music and sound on the human perception and the ability to hear.

With some, a high pitched sound is hard to hear or perhaps even relaxing. With others, a high pitched sound will be so pronounced that it can cause immense pain. When using psychoacoustics as a music therapy, it’s crucial to find that perfect relaxing tone that will match the individual’s natural frequency.

Another way music therapy can help is by assisting to improve your motors skills. Have you noticed that fighter pilots and race nacre drivers have a tendency to listen to music as they perform their jobs? The intense situations that are involved with what they do make them find away to use music to calm their supercharged senses and improve their motor skills to the point that they comprehend everything that’s going on around them.

Musical Stroke Treatment
Current research has shown that when combining the traditional stroke treatment with musical therapies can drastically improve response and healing times. Doctors believe this is because the patient is in such a good emotional and mental state of mind that it helps their minds, and so bodies, be active, alert, and willing to try.

Stroke treatment directly has to do with trying to save as much brain and workable function as possible. Research has shown that music directly affects the brain and how it works. Music therapy has been a proven tool in fighting the mental anguishes of depression, and can be a major contributor of the patient having the will to recover and make a life for themselves despite a major injury such as a stroke.

The most noticeable research as of late has been done by Jeong & Kim, when they did a research study on 33 stroke survivors. For a fair and balanced scientific study of this stroke treatment, they were randomly placed into two groups. The first group received standard medicines only for their stroke treatments, while the second group received the standard medicines combined with music therapy. The final results of the study showed that not only did the second group receive return to wider range of flexibility but they had a higher and more fulfilling social life.

Music as an Epilepsy Treatment
Music Therapy has been experimented with in epilepsy treatment for nearly a century, specifically classical music. Mozart has had a significant impact on the severity and frequency of seizures in people with epilepsy. This is called among musical healers as the Mozart effect. Specifically the Mozart sonata K448 has had a noticeable impact in the past with epilepsy treatment, but has been mostly left unused due to new breakthrough in modern medicine and epilepsy treatment.

Other composers have also been used in studies concerning music therapy and epilepsy treatment, depression, and anxiety by listening to the music composed by John Cage. In most cases when Cage’s music was introduced the musical therapy included aleatoric procedures and microtonal music to reach the subconscious and have a true effect on the patient’s brain, helping them feel and behave in a better, or more personally likable fashion.

Music Therapy Around the World
Music therapy just isn’t something that has sprung up since the U.S. has been around. It has been used in different fashions in nearly every country on the planet in one form or another. In Africa musical therapies are used to help the patient drone out to the beat and tune while a circumcision, tattoo, or even bloodletting is done.

In the United Kingdom during both World Wars music therapy was used to help the large regime of recovering soldiers. The UK still uses music as an official therapy, but the form that is used today was pioneered in the 1960’s and 70’s by a cellist named Juliette Alvin. Ever since he stepped not he musical therapy scene, his ideas have had a strong influence on musical therapies and lectures about these therapies to this day.

The Nordoff-Robins music therapies work off the idea that no matter how disabled or sick you are, you still rate able to respond to music on some level. It was so successful that they currently run music therapy sessions throughout the UK.

The ideas of musical therapy have helped countless people in the past move on from emotional damage and psychological pain; it is a real and useful tool in the world of medical therapies. It can be used as deterrent, an exciter, and even a tool for recovery from severe injuries. Music has been down played as a therapy since modern medicine has pushed man-made drugs to heal all disease and pain over the last few decades.

Music therapies do work and can make a huge impact on your quality of life. If you think this type of therapy is for you, musical healers can be found in nearly every part of the U.S.  and can even be done by psychiatrists if the need calls for it.

Author: Dr Maulik Vyas

I am a holistic Doctor with 10 yr of experience in medical/health and wellness industry. Also, I am a professional content writer with 1000s of articles published across the web. I'm available for content writing, natural treatment consultancy, business ideas about healthcare/wellness industry. I am the proprietor of company named Mouls Incorporation.


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  2. I have been listening all types of slow music for a long time, Music does gives me mind calmness to me.


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