Why Music Therapy Works Better Than Counseling
There are very few people in this world who don’t love music. We all have our tastes and choices, but music, in any form, can relax us. When we’re having a bad day, listening to cheery music usually makes us feel better. It has been proven again and again that our brains react very positively to music, hence, music therapy can work wonders for us. It usually involves a therapist, the client, and the use of music to help solve our issues. Music has a universal appeal, and even babies are influenced by music though they can’t speak yet. It can certainly be called a powerful tool for treatment, more so in a professional setting for therapy.
Aside from that, music therapy influences our minds and bodies in many ways. Let’s find out how.
Our Brains Respond To Music Instinctively
Research has shown that even babies are highly receptive to music. They can also identify changes in rhythmic patterns. It is small wonder that lullabies and rocking help them fall asleep, or make them stop crying. These two methods are used across the globe by mothers from different cultures. Music has also played an important part in various tribal and ethnic cultural groups. Experts opine that music came even before language, and our brains function in such a way that it reacts to music easily.
Entrainment Of Our Body To Rhythm
Entrainment means the way our body synchronizes with an external rhythm or beat. For example, if we walk while listening to music, after a while, you will find that your steps match the beat of the song that you are listening to. Why does this happen? When we listen to music, and as it enters our central nervous system, it is sent to the brain for processing. But some of it remains in the motor nerves of our spinal cord. Hence, our muscles move to their own accord without us trying much. This theory works amazingly for patients who have had a stroke. If they experience paralysis, music helps them walk again and also gain strength back in their upper bodies.
Music Helps Us Concentrate
Music helps us concentrate, and improves our attention span. We have all realized that at some point in our lives. Some of us use music to relax when we are stressed; some even claim that listening to music helps them solve a maths problem better. Music is therapeutic, and it is therefore used by therapists to help those with attention deficit or can’t control impulsive behavior. Music is also used to teach children. When they learn using music, they grasp concepts and ideas better.
It Taps Into Our Emotions And Memories
Often, we listen to a song that makes us feel motivated, sad, or even happy. Sometimes, it brings back memories that we have either consciously or unconsciously associated with the song, and we tend to attach the emotions we felt while listening to it. The way music taps into our emotions and memories help therapists use it to access our emotions or stimulate our memory. Especially for patients with dementia, music therapy is great. No medicine can bring back their memories, but a particular song or a piece of music can.
Music Boosts Learning
We have already mentioned before how music helps us pay attention and how kids love learning through music. Remember, how you taught your kid to remember the ABC by singing, right? The melody and rhythm not just attracts children, it helps them memorize things better. No wonder they pick up songs and rhymes so easily. It is a very effective learning technique that helps children retain information and even recall it later. As students, some people memorize long concepts and terms by singing them.
Music As A Social Experience
There are certain kinds of music that are best shared in a group. Remember how primitive people and our ancestors had passed down stories and profound knowledge in form of songs across cultures? Some music experiences like listening to the church choir, or a piano recital in a restaurant, playing music in a rock band or even attending a music class are examples of music experiences in a group.
With these in mind, it is safe to say that music therapy works because of its universal appeal. Undergoing music therapy can help you improve the quality of your life and your mood, too!
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