Music is therapy. As humans, we intrinsically know this. We listen to certain songs when we are sad and down, needing console, and other songs when we are amped up and feeling fantastic. But did you know that there’s such a thing as real music therapy, that is clinically and scientifically proven to improve overall physical and mental health?
Music therapy is an established health profession in which music is utilized therapeutically to address physical, emotional, mental, social, aesthetic and spiritual needs of a client. The American Music Therapy Association trains and credentials professionals through approved music therapy programs.
The relationship works like this: After a consultation that involves assessing the needs of each client, a qualified music therapist provides treatment that includes creating, singing, moving to, and/or listening to music. A therapeutic context of musical involvement provides avenues and modes of expression that the client would otherwise find difficult in expressing themselves.
Research in music therapy demonstrates many different benefits, including overall physical rehabilitation and facilitating movement, increasing motivation, stimulating engagement, providing an outlet for expression and even providing emotional support for clients. New research from Healthline shows that even sad music can lift your mood, while other studies suggest music can boost happiness and reduce anxiety.
Music is an integral part of the human experience. A study published in the Journal of Consumer Research found that people tend to prefer sad music when they are experiencing a deep interpersonal loss, like the end of a relationship.
The authors suggest that sad music provides a substitute for the lost relationship. Music provides a level of understanding almost akin to that of an empathetic friend — someone who truly understands what you’re going through.
If you are experiencing common anxiety symptoms such as incessant rumination, panic and worry over seemingly miniscule problems, and want to stave away from medication then music therapy may be amongst one of the most effective non-pill solutions.
Did you know a mental disorder can lead to addiction?
One of the primary reasons that mental disorders and substance abuse so often go hand-in-hand is that drugs and alcohol can provide an escape from the pressures of mental health problems. Self-medicating is surprisingly common: you’re not alone.
But unlike real, effective, long-term solutions, such as medication and detoxification in a treatment center, drugs and alcohol won’t amount to effective treatment.
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