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The Soothing Sounds of Music
                                                       by Brigitte Synesael

       "After silence that which comes nearest to expressing the inexpressible is music."
                                                                      Aldous Huxley

Here's a subject that is not often discussed, but is becoming more accredited in light of its success. Sound Therapy is used in hospitals, schools, and psychological treatment programs. Sound and music can have a very powerful effect on an individual's health. It is an effective treatment to reduce stress, alleviate pain, and lower blood pressure, among many other ailments. There are more than 5,000 registered music therapists in the United States. Music therapy is also recognized by the Joint Commission on the Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations.

Now... how does it work and what can it do for you?

People respond to sound vibrations in 2 ways; Rhythm Entrainment and Resonance. There is evidence that the rhythm of a person's heartbeat will adjust itself to that of an external sound source. This could include the rhythmic pulse of music, the hammering of a neighbor making repairs or the humming of your furnace. This action is referred to as Rhythm Entrainment.

Different frequencies or pitches of sound stimulate the body to vibrate in various areas. This is known as Resonance. Typically, low sounds resonate in the lower body parts, whereas high sounds resonate in the higher body parts.

The health benefits of Sound and Music Therapy are countless and very diversified. Music therapy offers numerous benefits to Alzheimer patients. It can improve mood, reduce the need for medication, and may prevent deterioration by stimulating the brain. A study led by Dr. Frederick Tims of Michigan State University and published in the November 1999 issue of Alternative Therapies showed that patients with Alzheimer's Disease who underwent four weeks of structured music therapy showed significant increases in their level of melatonin, a neurohormone linked with sleep regulation and believed to influence the immune system.

Another study examined the effects of music therapy on 30 older adults diagnosed with depressive disorder. Those assigned to the treatment group who underwent at-home music therapy on a weekly basis performed significantly better on standardized tests for depression and also reported less distress, a better mood, and more self-esteem than the untreated control group.

A study of 38 adults who arrived in the emergency room with cuts large enough to require stitches were randomly assigned to undergo the procedure with or without music. The group with music reported significantly less pain during the procedure.

A study of music therapy in 25 elderly people with sleep disturbances revealed that music therapy improved sleep patterns in 24 of the 25 subjects.

There has been significant success with Sound Therapy in helping those with autism learn to communicate.

Naturally, there is a complete science to the specific types of sounds and how specific areas of the body and the brain are influenced by those sounds. Clearly it is much too involved to do proper justice in a single article. However, I do encourage you to further your research on the subject of Sound and Music Therapy. Can you think of a nicer way to cure what ails you?






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