We know music has plenty of benefits such as helping us concentrate or allowing us to remember things faster. However, up until recent years, we did not know that music can actually help us heal. Recent studies found that music therapy can calm anxiety, ease pain, and provide a pleasant diversion during chemotherapy or a hospital stay.
August 28th, 2019
It’s almost impossible to find someone who doesn’t feel a strong connection to music. Even if you can’t carry a tune or play an instrument, you can probably reel off a list of songs that evoke happy memories and raise your spirits. Surgeons have long played their favorite music to relieve stress in the operating room, and extending music to patients has been linked to improved surgical outcomes. In the past few decades, music therapy has played an increasing role in all facets of healing.
Music therapy is a fast growing field. People who become certified music therapists are usually accomplished musicians who have deep knowledge of how music can evoke emotional responses to relax, estimulate people or help them heal.
They combine this knowledge with their familiarity with a wide variety of musical styles to find the specific kind that can get you through a challenging physical rehab session or guide you into meditation. And they can find that music in your favorite genre, be it electropop or grand opera.
Thus, if you are interested in learning more we suggest you visit health.harvard.edu
This article is a re-post, with small modifications, of “How Music Can Help You Heal” an article published on www.health.harvard.edu