Music Therapy is an alternative medicine that uses musical elements such as sound, melody, rhythm and harmony, to improve the health and well-being of the person. In addition music therapy acts to solve psychological problems, rehabilitate drug addicts, reduce pain in terminal illnesses, improve self-esteem, or treat learning difficulties.
Music therapy has effects on the brain and also on the body, as it activates certain brain areas related to humor and mood. Stimulating the mind is essential since it is the operative center where are processed, are understood and are joined where all the sensations and emotions that human beings perceive and express.
This type of therapy is effective in treating certain disorders or improving the patient’s quality of life, and acts in two ways: active (playing instruments, singing, rendering the music) and receptive (using music to induce states of relaxation).
Slow rhythms induce peace and serenity, and rapids often produce motor activation and the need to externalize. String instruments often evoke the feeling for their expressive and penetrating sonority. While the wind instruments stand out for their cheerful and lively power, giving the compositions a bright, solemn, majestic character. Percussion instruments are characterized by their rhythmic, liberating power that incites to action and movement. The music therapist is the one who conducts the session and according to the problems and discomforts one has. He will handle harmony, time, intensity and rhythm in addition to choosing the instrument. For the therapy to be successful from the start you must be chosen an experienced and qualified music therapist.
Why Use Music therapy
Music therapy is being used in many hospitals as an alternative medicine to treat problems of depression. Using musical instruments and performing artistic expressions helps the patient who is in a state of depression to restore potential functions of the individual. Music entertains our body naturally, and it is comfortable to perform rhythmic movements. Music therapy helps activate our sensory senses and according to how you listen, can make you feel sad, happy, energetic, motivated, etc.
According to the research carried out in the article ‘’An investigation-action program about self-esteem and musical therapy applied in abused women‘’ the author Teresa Fernández de Juan describes The design and application of a pilot model of therapeutic intervention (music therapy) to raped women, the results show that in the majority of their patients there was an increase in self-esteem and a decrease in depression. In addition, I help to lead their own lives in a healthier and autonomous way, on the road to finding themselves.
It is also mentioned that in studies on terminal diseases Dr. Lawrence LeShan states in her book “Fight Cancer,” that the immune system is strongly affected by feelings, and that certain psychological actions can affect it in a positive way. Music therapy is a great contribution in this area of the disease, allowing the patient to reduce the levels of stress, pain (physical and psychic) and provide gratifying feelings for him and the family group, in a work that focuses from the sonorous, corporal and musical.
Music therapy is currently considered an alternative therapy that can help treat many diseases, psychological, physical, cognitive, problems of concentration, etc. It is used in patients of all ages; even mothers stimulate their babies from the womb. Since there are many benefits of using music therapy as an alternative of relaxation, meditation and treatment for many problems. We are all related to music, it is easily accessible and if you have the opportunity to enjoy an experience with music as therapy do not hesitate and feel for yourself the benefits you get with this alternative medicine.