Music has always played an important part in our life. It makes us happy, it makes us sad. Music has now become popular as a therapeutic agent as well. A new branch of science has developed which proves that music can be used to treat various kinds of mental, physical, social and emotional conditions.
This therapy comes under a branch of psychology that deals with human behaviour. Well, we cannot deny the huge and long lasting effect music has on our soul and mind. It has great ability to change our emotions and make us feel better when we are feeling low. Music therapy has been in America since 1940’s and now popularity of this therapy has gained momentum around the world.
Music to treat Ailments
Music has soothing effect and now it is being used to treat assorted types of ailments. It is quite beneficial in treating psychiatric problems like hallucinations and delusions. It is also used to calm the patients who are very hyper active. Various health professionals around the world, use music as support in plethora of health related activities. Music therapists are the trained professionals who are expert in guiding the patients by using various genres of music as well as different musical instruments.
Music Promotes Learning
Learning through music has always been fun and enriching experience. We all have learned our first alphabets and other rhymes in musical way which we remember till now. Studies have proved that music is integral to learning. It provides strong learning power to children who are below age of five. It is known to play vital role in enhacing communications as well. Even tough subject like mathematics can be made simpler with energetic music. If the topic like fractions and ratios are taught in a musical way, students understand it better and do well in exams too. Similarly, learning can be enhanced to great extent by involving music in all subjects as well.
Music therapy is Good for Heart
Music reduces anxiety and stress. Soothing and peaceful music has proved to be quite beneficial for people with coronary heart disease. Good music reduces blood pressure and in turn reduces heart risk. Though, scientific evidences are yet to be received but doctors have seen patients doing well when listening to beautiful music.
Kinds of Music Used
Many people are of thought that music therapy is useful for only those people who are blessed with musical ability. On the contrary, music has equal effect on people with non musical ability as well. Besides, there is another misconception in the minds of the people regarding the kind of music used in music therapy. It is generally said that only classical music is the preferred choice. However, the type of music to be used depends entirely on patient’s preferences and goals which need to be achieved.
Side Effects of Music
Not everything is good about music. As it is said every coin has two sides. The other side of music has caused several health related problems in several people. Tinnitus is a ear related problem in which patient complains of ringing in the ear. This condition arises due to listening to loud music at a very high volume. Patients have complained listening to various kinds of sounds like animal’s and continuos playing of songs in their ear.
In addition, seizures and convulsions have also been reported to occur while listening to music. There have been cases in which person is not able listen to a particular song not more than half a minute before seizures occur.
In all music is good for some and bad for others. It is upto us whether we want to see brighter side or not. Music has now made it’s way from our homes to becoming a new branch of science. Music therapy has gained immense popularity in treating various kinds of ailments. Though, it is still to be matured, but it’s fruit can be seen in patients who have gained immensely from music therapy. Many people, are still reluctant to give full marks to this new kind of therapy, but in coming years, it is sure to be a popular choice of many.