You’ve probably heard the adage that 'music heals the soul,' but did you know there is some truth to this belief? It is generally believed since the beginning of time music has been used to help human beings deal with their emotions and bond with one another. Brain scans have been able to successfully prove music naturally increases neurochemicals in the brain, including 'feel good' endorphins such as dopamine, resulting in its addition to many rehabilitation programs. So listen up and discover what music therapy is and the variety of health benefits associated with it now.
What Is Music Therapy?
Music therapy (MT), also known as active music therapy or passive music therapy depending on which type is administered, has shown incredible promise for improving emotional functions and motor control in patients who may be suffering from numerous diseases or disabilities. From Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s disease, and schizophrenia, musical intervention appears to naturally reduce the symptoms of depression and anxiety, as well as amplify one’s creativity, and improve communication between patients, their caregivers, and others in their life.
Music therapy is based on a trained musical therapist improvising music with the patient and can be done in a one-on-one setting or groups. There are two distinct types of music therapy: active and passive. Active music therapy involves an intense interaction between the therapist and the patient, compared to passive music therapy, where the patient is typically at rest while listening to the therapist.
Wondering if music therapy is for you? Keep reading to learn more about the two types of music therapy patients can experience.