Whenever you’re feeling low, depressed or terrible, you often turn to music – for the solace you want, for the calm and peaceful feeling you so badly require at that moment. You know for sure that listening to music will pep up your mood and get you out of your blues. You must often be wondering why exactly does music work as such a wonderful therapy? Here’s why:
For starters, music is actually used as a therapy to deal with a host of issues – social, cognitive, emotional and physical too. It helps to realign all the disturbing factors of mind, body, and soul, to bring in the sense of calmness with rhythm. These therapy sessions are performed by professional music therapists, who have the required qualification, credentials and practical experience to implement this therapy successfully.
How does the brain react to music therapy?
First of all, our body already works on a rhythm – the heartbeat. Every function of our body depends on this thumping sound, and our brain is well aware of this fact. Our bodies are tuned to this rhythm, which makes music more relevant to it.
You could even notice that no matter what you’re doing, if you hear some peppy music, with nice beats and all, you will involuntarily start tapping your feet, your pen on the table or walk in that rhythm! This is because our bodies are tuned to the rhythm.
This is one reason why music therapy is exceptionally beneficial when it comes to treating patients who have suffered a stroke. Music therapy works wonderfully for such patients, who have to learn everything – right from walking from scratch.
Just think over this – plants react wonderfully to music. Humans are still a much more complex level of living organisms, making them even more sensitive. Studies have proven that even infants respond to music, showing a change in behavioral patterns.
Music has the ability to influence your behavior drastically – it makes you either happy or sad. This is one reason why it’s said you should preferably listen to music that can cheer you up. It also has the power to bring out memories, both pleasant and unpleasant – and this is one important aspect which is used by therapists to deal with patients who have undergone trauma.
There are no side effects to this therapy – it’s completely safe, and most importantly, it’s effective!