Guest blog post by Zion

Hello, my name is Zion and I have put this together by looking at other articles. The idea is to give you a deeper understanding of how music helps people through negative times.

Music can cure depression or at least help the person diagnosed with it. There is normal therapy, then there is music therapy. Medical research supports the concept that music is healthy for the mind.

In music sessions, music therapists use music and all of its facts – physical, emotional, mental, social aesthetic and spiritual – to help clients improve their physical and mental health. Scores on depression symptoms improved (on average by 4.65%) with music therapy than standard care.

Music as Pain Relief

music as pain relief

The rhythm’s ability to ease pain has been noted in patient’s moods, promoting movement for physical rehabilitation, calming patients down, counteracting apprehension or fear and lessening muscle tension for the purpose of relaxation.

Music with a strong beat can actually stimulate brain waves, including those that govern the automatic nervous system, which can slow breathing and heart rates (advanced pain management).

Autism

Listening to music

Music has also become a tool used in autism therapy. It can stimulate both hemispheres of our brain, rather than just one. This means that a therapist can use a song or instrument to support cognitive activity to build self-awareness and improve relationships with others.

Written by Zion

Year 10, Prendergast Ladywell School