Music is a complimentary treatment that applies conveniently to many fields of medicine. It is also one of the easiest ways for anyone to receive health benefits in the privacy of their own home, in the car, at the workplace or anywhere there is a radio.
Music therapy involves the application of music to foster emotional and/or physical changes in an individual. Patients are generally comfortable with this form of therapy because it is already a large part of our environment. Several characteristics of music contribute to its therapeutic use. The multi-dimensionality provides meaning on several levels; music evokes emotional and physiological responses; music stimulates symbolic representation; and music enhances other senses.
Music is able to produce physical changes because the sounds we perceive as music are transmitted to the brain by skin, bones, and internal organs, in addition to the mechanisms of the ear. Further, it was recognized that the physical and biological rhythms of the body are correlated with the rhythms of music in such a way that physical change can be caused by musical variations. Many studies on music therapy have shown significant reductions in heart rate, blood pressure, respiratory rate, need for pain medication, anxiety, and depression.
Considering the significant effects that music can have on the mind and body, music therapy can be implemented in many medical treatment programs to produce a variety of results. As mentioned above, it can be used to help reduce pain and muscle tension, as well as to help reduce undesirable physiological reactions. In addition, music can be used to motivate patients to actively participate in their treatments.
We all respond differently to various styles of music. Some of the most relaxing tunes may make some people anxious. Whatever style of music helps you to relax will work to calm you. There are forms of music to enhance any emotion you may want to elicit. It may surprise you to learn what styles you respond to the most. Explore all types of music—tribal, rhythmic, nature sounds, contemporary, jazz, urban, country, classical, heavy metal, etc; not just what you are used to. You may learn a bit more about yourself by your physical and emotional reactions to these different kinds of music.
Most of us know that music makes us feel better. Now you know why. What a simple way to make us healthier; and what a simple way for your health care providers to complement their treatments for you. Now that’s music to our ears.
Conshohocken Physical Therapy is not an ordinary Physical Therapy clinic. We believe in changing your life. We are driven by the desire to make a positive impact, both personally and therapeutically, on every person who enters our office.
You will experience pain relief, improved motion and a greater quality of life. Our approach is friendly, evidence-based and innovative and our Doctors of Physical Therapy have the most specialized training in treating your body.
Learn more about Conshohocken Physical Therapy by visiting us online at www.conshypt.com.