|Does Music Therapy Work? Evidence and facts, from a psychiatrist|
by Scott Haltzman, M.D.
But can music do the opposite? Can the right music, played at the right volume, affect the course of medical ailments, soothe the nerves or enhance quality of life? Studies say: Yes!
The therapy may be done with individuals or groups, and might involve listening to or playing music, writing music, or creating or discussing lyrics. Some music therapy incorporates movement and dance, and some is done at the bedside or even during surgery while the patient is under anesthesia.
While researchers haven't completely tested out these theories, we do know that the part of the brain involved in musical awareness is closely linked to the part that controls emotions. It's also a generally accepted medical truth that reducing stress can help people control the symptoms of illnesses.
Moreover, music therapy may benefit children and adults with developmental disabilities and adults with Alzheimer's disease. Because music therapy is closely linked to other forms of stress reduction, it might also be helpful for depression, anxiety disorders and memory enhancement.
Even if it doesn't cure all your ailments, unlike other therapies your doctor may recommend, music therapy won't hurt a bit!
Thanks to voice teacher and singer/songwriter Judy Rodman for giving us the idea for this article.
Last updated and/or approved: April 2010. Original article appeared in March/April 2009 former print magazine. Bio current as of April 2009. This article is not meant as individual advice. Please see our disclaimer.
written by James Hubbard, M.D., M.P.H. , February 21, 2012
written by Chelsey Benson , February 20, 2012
This is a decent article but I suggest putting a disclaimer or something to let readers know that these theories have been tested. Also the wording such as "...might be helpful..." once again the benefits from having music therapy have been proven.