Recent research into the benefits of music therapy show that it has a deep and profound effect on the person’s physical and mental state. It has also been shown that music therapy can be extremely beneficial to people suffering from physical, mental and acute problems of all kinds. Many hospitals and doctors’ offices have begun to use and prescribe music therapy to help their patients with managing pain, decreasing depression, easing muscle tension and helping to keep patients calm and at ease.
A number of other music therapy benefits include:
•Stimulating brain waves. Recent research has shown that music can actually change brain wave activity, help sharpen a person’s concentration and promote a feeling of calmness and serenity. This same research has shown that music therapy has long-lasting benefits even after a person has actually stopped listening to the music.
•Music therapy has also been shown to cause other changes in the body including a person’s breathing and heart rate. It has been seen that, while undergoing music therapy, a patient’s heart rate slows as well as their breathing, something that can help to reduce or prevent stress and bring a feeling of relaxation and calm.
•For people suffering from depression and anxiety, music therapy can induce a more peaceful state of mind, prevent them from responding negatively to situations that are stressful, and increase a person’s level of optimism and happiness.
•Music therapy has been shown in a number of studies to help lower a person’s blood pressure which can then help to lower their risk of heart attacks and stroke.
•Boosting immunity is another benefit of using music therapy and can help patients that are suffering from many different types of diseases to recover more quickly.
•For children that are suffering from ADD, ADHD and other disorders that affect their ability to concentrate, music therapy has been shown to be incredibly helpful and also a lot of fun.
At Southwestern Music Therapy we provide music therapy services for clients or patients living in the Dallas, Fort Worth, Houston and Austin metro areas of Texas. If you have any questions or would like more information about how music therapy can help you or a loved one, please let us know and we’ll be sure to get back to you very quickly with answers and information.