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What is Music Therapy?

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How is it
useful?

Effectiveness of music therapy:

Music is universal, it is present in every culture, in every language and is part of every society. It is vital to our being, music has various impacts on our brain which can help people improve their overall health and achieve different goals. 

Neurological researchers found that listening to music triggers the release of various neurochemicals such as dopamine, cortisol, serotonin and oxytocin, these chemicals play a role in brain function and our mental health.

Music improves our health in both physical and mental aspects as studies show that it can help manage pain, boost exercise performance, regulate the symptoms of depression, improve our mood and many more. 

Music Therapy refers to the usage of music to address and improve the physical, emotional, cognitive, and social needs of an individual or group, it can also be utilised to accomplish personalised goals such as reducing stress, improving mood and self-expression.

Music Therapy employs a variety of activities and strategies within a session such as playing an instrument, listening to melodies, drumming, writing songs, guided imagery etc. 

who benefits from music therapy

Music Therapy is used with the aim of improving the well-being and general health of their patients. This being said, certain populations benefit more from music therapy.

Children, adolescents, adults, and the elderly with mental health issues, developmental and learning disabilities, substance abuse problems, brain injuries, physical disabilities, as well as acute or chronic pain turn to music therapy in order to help them heal and improve themselves.

What are the benefits of music therapy? 

Music therapy can help clients in psychological, emotional, physical aspect as well as cognitively and Ihas a multitude of benefits such as;

  • Reduced anxiety and physical effects of stress

  • Improves self-expression and communication

  • Often results in an increase in motivation

  • Improves the management of pain

  • Enhanced social skills as a result of experiencing music with others

Music also has various effects on the activity of a large range of brain structures, according to functional neuroimaging studies listening to music can have effects on the core structures of emotional processing in both musicians and non-musicians