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Music Therapy: Healing in a Different Language

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Mental health is an area I like to delve into especially in topics I can relate to. It sort of tells my side of things.

We have all seen musicians who are able to make magic simply by putting their pain to melody.

My personal favorite in NF, he reminds me that every single claw mark aimed at plucking away your soul can end up being the marks that expose those treasures hidden within.

Other artists such as J.Cole, Logic, and Joyner Lucas among so many others also speak truth in their songs especially when they make strong references to pain.

It’s all showing that a weakness can become not just strength but gain as well


Musical therapy though very effective is still yet to be fully enforced by a lot of therapists as its discovery and breakthroughs are still quite recent.

Music is one element that can take use of the whole brain and so a therapy that can take its course from the very root of mental illness could really be a step-up

Everyone has a connection to music either for leisure or the memories attached to a couple of songs for us and so serve as a relatable and common basis for healing to begin for anyone.

Music Therapy

Music therapy is the use of music to accomplish a central goal relating to mental health under the guidance of a professional therapist.

Music therapy is a very broad field. As it is there are different genres, not to talk about its different parts; vibrations, harmony, key, timbre, duration, pitch, texture, lyrics, rhythm and so forth

The brain further divided into different parts with each one responding to music in its own way.

As well as evaluating experiences people have with certain types of music. All this can be a lot to look into.


Applications of Music

Music therapy can be seen to work very well in certain cases like surgeries where the use of music makes the need for sedatives or opioid medication very little.

Even procedures like chemotherapy and radiotherapy become better with music as it is seen to subdue the nausea that comes with it

When walking with music blasting in our ears we notice that even our walk changes sometimes to match the beat even with daily morning jogs. This also can be seen to help in a great way with those in physical therapy.

Exercising with music helps them stick to a pattern with the beat instead of just free styling the moves, at other times getting it wrong.

Music improves dementia. Remember hearing a song for the first time and then one line just hooks you as it takes you way back and all of a sudden it becomes a fave?

It does the same for patients as it evokes memories and improves memory as well.

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Four Major Techniques in Music Therapy

There are four major ways to conduct music therapy

  • Receptive

This involves a person listening to music and responding silently, verbally or in other ways such as dance.

It could be used to promote stimulation, facilitate memory, as well as enhancing moods

  • Recreation

This involves the person singing along to familiar songs or playing similar tune to a song on an instrument.

This technique encourages the use of one side of the body as well as fostering self-expression through response.

  • Improvisation

This is when the patient makes spontaneous music using simple instruments, the voice or even body percussion. It’s a way for the patient to freely express themselves with a language they are conversant with.

This mode of treatment is to increase freedom and the ability to make choices and also develop the capacity to build relationships with another person through music

  • Composition.

This is when the patient creates their own lyrics such as their version to a song they have heard or an original piece springing from an idea they have.

This is specifically to help patient finally externalize thoughts and emotions, foster creativity and validate their experience.

Benefits of Music

The benefits to this type of therapy range from improvement of mood and self esteem, improve reading & memory skills, coordination and comprehension, explore different cultures as the genres for treatment aren’t limited

It is said that parents who are conversant with playing musical instruments have an ability to detect a change in the tone of their babies. Which further proves that music has tremendous benefits even when it's turned off

It also goes down to expression and the ability to finally process emotions, give motivation as well as create stronger connections.

Music therapy and its pros seem to be boundless and there is still a lot of it unexplored which shows and proves music truly is life.


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