Mental Health, Personal Blog

Escaping the struggles of the world with music therapy

Music has always been my escape. When things got tough I would either go for long drives, turn on my music and shut the world out. I would lay in my bed with my headphones on and shut out everything that was bothering me. I began loving music at a young age I remember dancing and singing around my grandparent’s house. I also danced for many years.
 
Music therapy is a type of expressive art therapy, that uses music to improve and maintain your physical and mental well-being. Music therapy is listening to music, singing or even playing a musical instrument. This is usually done with a trained medical professional trained in this field. For many years music has been used and shown to help many areas of the brain such as your emotions, sensation, cognition and movement.
 
Music may even help certain symptoms because it can send positive emotions to the brain. Some of these symptoms include:
  • Depression
  • Mood related disorders
  • Anxiety
  • Schizophrenia
  • Substance Abuse
  • Autism
  • Personality Issues
  • Insomnia
  • Dementia
Music therapy can be used in many ways. Some of those ways are:
 
  • Someone with impaired motor skills can improve their motor skills by playing simple melodies on a piano.
  • Group drumming circles have been used to inducing relaxation. They may be asked to express their feelings through their drumming.
  • Music might be incorporated into guided imagery or muscle relaxation techniques.
 
There are many positive effects to music therapy. For those who may be dealing with mental health problems or even physical issues. I personally do not go to music therapy. I am not aware of anywhere locally besides possibly nursing homes or inbound medical facilities. I just use music as my own personal therapy. I do not know how to play any instruments but I would love to learn how to play the guitar. I do love to sing and to listen to the words of a song. I use music as my way to calm down when I am feeling upset or stressed out. I listen to music before bed every night; I also used it when I was in labor with my oldest son.
 
Music therapy usually sees positive results but it’s not recommended to be their only therapy. Someone who is in music therapy generally has a very serious emotional or medical issue that needs other treatment.
 
I’ve always said if you want to know how I am feeling to look at my playlist. My music will tell you everything you need to know. if I were to ever send you a song pay close attention to the lyrics because they meant something to me. I had no idea the amount of things music can help you cope with. Music can help you with things such as:
  • Chronic illness/disease
  • Terminal Disease
  • Developmental Disorders
  • Psychiatric Disorders
  • Psychological Traumas
  • Grief and loss issues
  • Emotional and Spiritual issues
  • Chronic and acute pain
  • Anxiety and depression
  • Alzheimer’s and Dementia
  • Neurological Disorders
  • Everyday stress
  • Sensory Impairments
  • Chemical Dependency
  • Labor and Delivery
 
Did you know?
  • Music therapy is searched on google more than 33,000 time a month.
  • The average person listens to 25 songs a day.
  • The 1st music therapy program was founded at Michigan State University.
  • Studies show if you listen to music for 1 hour over a period 7 days increased feeling of power. You can decrease your pain, depression and disability related to back, neck and joint pain.
  • Listening to music causes the brain to release dopamine.
  • Music with a strong beat can stimulate brainwaves. Slow beats encourage slow brainwaves.
  • Music alters patters of pain, and depression.
  • Music has the power to improve your state of mind.
  • Music can alter your heart rate and breathing.
So add some music to your day! Listen to music, play an instrument, sing a song, hum whatever you feel like doing, you don’t have to be good! Have some fun!
 
This information is just provided for educational purposes, I am not a medical professional and if you are in need of medical attention contact your local medical provider.
 
This information was found on http://www.goodtherapy.org

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