Music as a Form of Therapy

Music has a lot of uses for humans. For expression’s sake, entertainment, and recreation – just to name a few – are the apparent benefits enjoyed by man since time immemorial. Though it varies in accordance to the time period of the music‘s origin. Music is also used in propaganda movements, as a medium for expressing grievances and calling for immediate action. Though music has uses as diversified as the menagerie of human cultures, there is but one ever familiar use of it – “soothing the savage beast.” This is one of music‘s greatest benefits. As we know, anxiety-related problems bring out the animal in us. So what better way overcome anxiety than to something soothing?

While medical prescriptions are necessary for some anxiety medications, music in DVDs and CDs are “prescription-less” commodities. Just compare the convenience. Less travel. Less fees. You can enjoy the relief classical musicand instrumental tracks can offer in the comfort of your home. All you need is to attach the necessary hardware, and you’re good to go.

Studies have shown that listening to music during an anxiety attack may calm the person down and relax the sufferer. This is most true with patients experiencing anxiety prior to undergoing surgery. It is the most easily administered, inexpensive, non-invasive, non-threatening tool to calm preoperative anxiety.

Music is an incredibly powerful form of expression. It brings together words and melody to get a message across. Some songs may trigger memories, happy or sad, in your mind. This is the strongest proof that music and human emotions are interconnected. Giving depressive patients an outlet such as music is the best way for sufferers to, little by little, let out the source of their depression and alleviate patients’ moods.

Music has also been proven helpful to improve memory and motor skills for children in special classes. This also helps strengthen children’s non-musical functions such as their communication skills and physical coordination skills required for daily life.

Music therapy can come is a wide variety of forms. In some cases it’s as simple as having the individual listen to particular music. In other cases music therapy requires a more interactive approach, having the individual respond to the music either in dance or using some other form of expression. But in its many forms, music therapy has often been found to be beneficial.

Life is full of stress but not everybody has the luxury of time and money to afford tedious therapy sessions. It’s just good that we have music as anxiety medication alternative – a practical way to avert anxiety’s lethal repercussions without the hassles.