Music as a therapy has been in practice since ages where musicians have been discussing the effects of music on the soul. It has been to have a calming and tranquilizing effect on the stressed nerves of an individual. Later, a classic work was presented by Robert Burton in the 17th century on the Melancholy and treatment of mental illness of isolation. Burton showed that music has a profound effect on the psyche, eases neural tension and lessens depression. Today, the importance of music in treatment of patients of various chronic diseases like cancer, cardiac patients, other patients suffering from psychological and neurological related afflictions and job and professional stress has increased due to wide and extensive research being conducted.
Music has always been popular and pleasant to the ear and its calming effects have been felt by many who appreciate it be it vocal or classical or plainly instrumental. The relaxation effects on the mind and soul cannot be negated. In the recent years, the popularity of Music Therapy has grown tenfold not only as a profession choice but also for its therapeutic benefits. The benefits of the music and its effects on the mind are:
- Meditative effect: Music and its beats help in the stimulation of the brainwaves which directly effects the activity of the brain, bringing about a profound effect on the state of the mind and consciousness
- Music Therapy brings a positive change in the functions of the autonomic nervous system such as manipulating the rhythm of the heart and breathing for these functions are governed by the autonomic nervous system for an increased awareness.
- Music helps in increasing the creativity and bringing a positive mind state helping an individual to deal with stress, depression and anxiety.
- Music Therapy helps in promoting health and many hospitals have set up associated departments to relieve the patients of their anxiety, fears and phobias related to their diseases and disorders. For instance, music has been found to aid patients suffering from amnesia as it stimulates the mind for sound and relaxing sleep.
- Also, many researchers are engaged with different fields and studying the effect of music in treating certain diseases related not only to the cardio vascular system and nervous system, but also cancer patients at terminal stages of their illness.
- Music stimulates the brain waves helping individuals focus and concentrate by prioritizing especially with school work. Researchers believe that the melodious notes influence the cerebral learning center of the brain and enhance learning by increasing the attention span.
A recent study with involving a patient suffering from Alzheimer’s disease shows the effective responses associated with music such as physical responses like blinking of the eye and movement in the hands. This proves that certain damaged areas in the brain can be reactivated with the help of music therapy. Music therapists work with different social groups and individuals to promote wellness, improve mental behavior and enhance healing through the process of feeling satisfied and happy. Therefore, music therapy provides you with an amazing stress free environment to be yourself and be able to work out your issues.