What are the benefits of music therapy?

Research in music therapy supports its effectiveness in six areas: psychological, emotional, physical, spiritual, cognitive and social.

Emotional:

  • Music can call up repressed (bottled up) emotions that may then be released.
  • Music can lessen feelings of isolation.
  • Improved mood.
  • Decreased depression.
  • Anxiety reduction.
  • Self-expression.
  • Stress management.

Physical:

  • Music can affect the body by changing your heart rate and lowering blood pressure and respiration (breathing) rate.
  • Improved motor development or processing.
  • Relaxation and/or improved sleep.
  • It can physically stimulate conscious or unconscious body movements, such as toe tapping or large body movements, and improved gait (walking) and speech.
  • Management of and/or distraction from pain.
  • Reduced asthma episodes.
  • Reduced pain.
  • Help premature infants with weight gain and sleep.
  • Help people with Parkinson’s disease improve their motor functions.

Spiritual:

  • Music can open the door spiritually and allow you and your family the opportunity to explore your own spiritual beliefs.

Cognitive:

  • Music can provide an increased sense of control.
  • Coping skills.
  • Lessen the effects of dementia.

Social:

  • Music can bring people together socially, not just at large gatherings such as parties, weddings, or funerals, but in more informal, intimate, shared experiences, like a hospital room
  • Help autistic children improve communication.

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