The power of music is an untapped resource in the area of healing and wellness. Using music for therapy is an idea going bad thousands of years until the time of Plato at least. In modern times it picked up interest when musicians played for war veterans to help with physical and emotional stresses. Since many people reported it having a positive influence doctors and nurses started requesting it. Soon music therapy started getting recognized as a form of therapy. Music therapy degree programs started around the nineteen forties.
Using music to reach children and adolescents also started to receive attention. In addition music therapy has been used to treat people suffering from developmental and learning disabilities. There have also been positive results from people suffering from Alzheimer’s disease and age related problems. Music therapy can also aid in people being more able to express their feelings.
Professional music therapists can be found in many different places. They can be found in rehabilitation facilities, medical hospitals, psychiatric hospitals, drug and alcohol centers, nursing homes, correctional facilities, private practice areas, and even schools.
Many people are under the impression that the patient needs to have some particular musical ability to benefit from the therapy. This is not the case at all. Also, no specific style of music is needed. Most music has beneficial properties. The patient’s needs and preferences are all involved in choosing the music to use.
Plus, it is not just the sick who can benefit from music therapy. Even healthy people respond well to music therapy. Listening to or making your own music, has a wide variety of health benefits associated with it. Even simple drumming can help.
Music can be used in conjunction with many activities (like exercising for instance) to increase the benefits or to reduce the stress experienced. It has even been used in labor delivery.
Music therapy is still in its early stages. Much needs to be learned and explored. There is no telling where this exciting field can go. Only the future holds the answers.