Music is omnipresent and it’s almost impossible to find someone who doesn’t like it. People’s tastes in music may vary, but there’s no denying that we are all connected to it. It’s no wonder that musical therapy has been gaining in importance these days. Music therapists are usually musicians who know and understand music and how it affects our moods and organisms. They can help you get through physical rehab, therapeutic meditation, depression, and many other situations that may seem hopeless and miserable.
But have you ever thought about how music really helps you? Or that it can actually help you heal?
- There’s more and more research that shows how music eases anxiety and discomfort during different medical procedures, hence the smaller need for sedatives. Music also helps surgeons to relieve stress in the operating room which is beneficial for you, too.
- It’s been proven that music helps patients who suffered from a stroke or other brain injury to restore their lost speech. That’s because singing and talking are connected to two different sides of the brain.
- Music is also used by people with cancer. It helps them ease anxiety related to chemotherapy and radiotherapy and get rid of nausea and vomiting problem.
- Music can decrease pain perception among patients suffering from short-term pain, as well as those with chronic pain (e.g. caused by arthritis). Therefore they don’t need as many medications so they can feel like they’re not controlled by pain.
- Listening, singing and playing is also helpful to people with dementia. The disease doesn’t influence the ability to engage with music so it can be beneficial when it comes to remembering or reducing agitation. It may also help to communicate and improve a person’s overall well-being (as they don’t think that the disease has deprived them of absolutely everything).
To know more about how music can influence people, grab yourself a pair of the most comfortable headphones, play your favorite music and check out this infographic: