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"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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