The Amazing Power Of Music TherapyMarch 18, 2022 1:55 pm
There are many types of therapies that can help with a variety of different ailments or mental health issues that can be offered, but one getting increasing attention, is music therapy. March is National Music Therapy Month so we wanted to take a little time to discuss the benefits of music therapy and what types of health issues it can address.
First, it is important to know that music therapy isn’t just sitting in your room and listening to your favorite music by your favorite group. That can be nice too, but that’s not what music therapy is. In fact, music therapy is an evidence based approach that includes listening to music, playing music, singing along to music, and other ways to engage with music. The best part of it is that you do not need to be a musician to participate in this type of therapy.
Music therapy is being used for a variety of health interventions that are individualized including;
- Lowering stress levels
- Lowering blood pressure
- Reducing muscle tension
- Improving memory
- Managing pain
- Increasing joy
This is not a new type of therapy either, it was first used and established as a practice by the United States War Department in 1945 when it was used for occupational therapy, recreation and physical reconditioning, and educaiton in Army hositals.
If you are considering music therapy you should first consult a medical provider and then seek out the expert opinions of a licensed music therapist. While insurance may not cover this type of therapy, it is widely used and can be a valuable tool in your toolbox to handle certain health conditions that you may be confronting.