Have you ever felt refreshed, light-hearted, and peaceful, like all your worries would disappear when you hear the sound of waves lapping on the beach, the sound of water murmuring in the stream, or the sound of leaves rustling in the wind? Researchers have provided an explanation for how sounds from nature have the power to restore our psyche: they alter the brain's cognitive mechanisms and ease our natural "defense" instinct. That is the basis of therapeutic music.

What is therapeutic music?

Our ancients believed that music originates from the sound of the natural world - "the unity of heaven and earth". So, besides being an art form, music has been used as a therapeutic treatment for thousands of years.

Meanwhile, modern science has shown that music affects the human body through two aspects: Physical effects (the vibration frequencies of diseased organs will be "adjusted" by frequency of the sound) and psychological effects (music ease the defense mechanism, bringing the body back to a relaxed state).

Therapeutic music has existed for thousands of years

Today, therapeutic music the kind of music used as a means of restoring, maintaining, and improving the physical, mental, and emotional well-being of patients. Music is considered a creative art therapy, similar to dance therapy, art therapy, and can also be combined with many therapeutic modalities such as meditation, massage, and hypnosis.

Magical effects of therapeutic music

For healthy individuals, music is used to relax and reduce stress. In children and adults with emotional and behavioral disturbances, learning disabilities, and impaired movement, therapeutic music is often employed in conjunction with basic therapies to make the patient feel more comfortable.

During surgery, music helps to reduce pain, anxiety and fear, and stimulate quick recovery. Many women have given birth easily without anesthesia by listening to therapeutic music and had themselves relaxed. Many studies have shown that musical stimuli sometimes overwhelm pain-producing ones, allowing patients to focus on one certain target and suppress the pain.

Illness can make the body enervated and exhausted, but when listening to music with encouraging and prompting tones, patients can forget pain and sorrow.

Therapeutic music brings many positive effects

After a stroke, many patients lose their mobility and need exercise to recover such functions. Music plays an important role in helping patients get excited, moving to the beat of the music, as well as minimizing the feeling of boredom. Experiences show that many people who lost their voice regain pronunciation after humming along to music.

Music therapy is used in cases such as helping children with disabilities restore coordination of physical activities as well as dexterity of the muscles of the limbs; helping people with dementia or behavioral disorders regain normalcy in action.

With the abovementioned benefits, therapeutic music combined with other therapeutic methods will bring many open and effective directions to medicine in the near future.

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