Music therapy has become such an effective and recognized medical practice that today it is used in hospitals and psychiatric offices, and it is a profession with enough recognition that it has licensed professionals. Music is a powerful art form beyond entertainment. Music touches our emotions directly, as no other art does, and this is predominantly because music directly affects parts of the human body including the brain, the heart, and the respiratory system. We feel compelled to dance or sway, clap our hands, and sing along to music because our bodies and emotions are so affected by it. Music therapy has been demonstrated by science and experience to be so powerful that it is now commonly used to help treat a range of maladies including:
Negative thought patterns
High risk of or being in the recovery stage from a stroke
High blood pressure
Physical coordination problems
Insomnia and other sleep disorders
Creative obstacles in professionals
Mental problems and degenerative mental disorders like Dementia
Music therapy is more than just treating existing maladies. Music therapy is used to help small children develop memory, focus, and creative areas of the mind. It is used to enhance performance in athletes as well as students, scientists, engineers, and business leaders.
Music therapy does not necessarily need to be clinical. Individuals can engage in music therapy just be mindfully weaving music into the fabric of your daily life and career. You may take up the practice of a musical instrument for personal fulfillment, even if you have no intention of or not enough talent to become a professional musician. But even if you can’t play any instrument and have trouble carrying a tune with your voice, you can collect and listen to music that inspires you or gives you joy in various ways such as:
Lifting your spirits when you are down or stressed out
Making mundane tasks (like household chores) more enjoyable
Helping you to better understand or accept your own emotions
Inspiring you to do your best at work
Motivating you to work out or do your best at competing in a sport
Giving you creative drive or ideas when doing some other art like drawing or writing
Being the “soundtrack for your life”, enhancing your life with more excitement and meaning
Music and Social Media
In these days of highly personalized Internet radio stations and track-by-track music libraries, it’s easy to have access to music all the time. And with today’s social media outreach, an added dimension of music therapy is, quite simply, sharing music and ideas about music with other people on the Web. Ways of doing this include:
You may make use of clinical music therapy. Or, your kind of therapy may comprise just being a music lover. But the health-giving power of music can’t be denied.
This article is for information only and is not a substitute for medical advice, diagnosis or treatment provided by a qualified health care provider. The views expressed are those of the author and do not represent the views of RxEconsult, LLC.