Music Therapy for Discomfort and Relaxation

Music Therapy for Discomfort and Relaxation

I discovered music therapy while my sister-in-law, Merilee was residing in a complete care nursing facility. Merilee experienced the signs and symptoms of dementia as well as as her memory faded she could sing every word (in sync) to some familiar song. She’d an attractive melodious voice and would sing combined with the visiting musicians.

My buddy, Gary and that i attended most of the concerts held in the facility. We’d witness patients who have been asleep within their wheel chairs become fully alert once the music began. First their ft would begin tapping towards the beat from the music adopted by smiling, clapping, and singing.

Merilee’s passion for music inspired an employee to advise Gary to employ a music counselor for Merilee. Every week the counselor will bring various instruments on her to experience and they’d sing familiar songs together. Merilee was always excited doing musical friend.

I perform a large amount of research, write articles, and receive information and test studies regarding chronic discomfort, chronic fatigue, and fibromyalgia.

Lately I received a duplicate of the article which was compiled by Shivani Lalloo and printed on Feb 28, 2014 by ProHealth on-line magizine. “The Results of Music Therapy on Fibromyalgia.” Within the article Shivani reported the next comment from specialist Mark Jude Tramo, M.D., Ph.D., director of Harvard’s Institute for Music and Brain Science in Boston along with a faculty person in the university’s Mind/Brain/Behavior Initiative:

“We feel music may cause neurochemical alterations in specific areas of the mind that are based on your body’s feel-good systems-for instance, in discomfort-modulating neurotransmitters. Additionally, music’s auditory stimulation from the brain could cause cells to produce endorphins, which suppress discomfort, and immunoglobulin , that really help fight disease.”

It’s arrived at attention that music therapy isn’t a new phenomenon. While researching this subject I discovered a 1789 unsigned article, that was printed within the Columbian Magazine titled “Music Physically Considered.” Further, Dr. Benjamin Hurry, a health care provider, mental health specialist, and professor would be a strong proponent of utilizing music to deal with medical illnesses. A couple of his students Edwin Atlee and Samuel Mathew authored medical dissertations around the therapeutic worth of music in early 1800s.

To my thrill I discovered a duplicate of the19-page dissertation compiled by Edwin Atlee titled “An Inaugural Essay around the Influence of Music within the Cure of Illnesses.”- By Edwin A. Atlee, of Pennsylvania. I discovered his writing captivating using the flavor of Old British influence, wordiness, and humbleness.

Listed here are a couple of of Edwin Atlee’s comments about music and it is influence on our bodies:

“Fascinating Power Music.”


“Music would be to your brain, what opium would be to your body, a DEVINE MEDICINE.”

“Within the illnesses of debility, we might guess that lively sounds may afford a proper stimulus towards the body, invigorating it as being a cordial or tonic medicine.”

Edwin Atlee suggested for his introduction that his selection of subject could cause some to laugh and a few to evaluate. Yet, he felt strongly that it ought to be written and it was certain that it might spark further study and writings by others.

I additionally found the dissertation compiled by Samuel Mathew titled “Around the Results of Music in Curing and Palliatating Illnesses.” Like Mr. Atlee, Mr. Mathew also writes in Old British. His dissertation leans heavily around the results of music around the mental traits of hypochondriasis and tonic mania. In connection with this, Mr. Mathew highlights a person’s outlook during music and also the sounds which are pleasing for them. I believe that his point is well taken not every music is enjoyed by everybody. Therefore, for music to possess a positive effect on our bodies it probably ought to be something which is agreeable towards the ear.

Further studies have proven that music, that is pleasing towards the listener, might have the next benefits:

Altered mood

Increase endorphins, which suppress discomfort

Increase Immunoglobulin (antibodies, which protect against disease)

Improve sleep

Relieve muscle tension

Relieve stress hormones

Relieve emotional anxiety

Slower heartbeat

Memory enhancement

I invite you to hear, explore, and have fun with music.

Notice the way your body feels. (Calm, tense, excited, or anything else.)

With respect to the music, you may close your vision and picture the rhythm entering an achy or tense part of the body. Notice whether it seems to become lessening the discomfort and/or tension of this area.

Notice what feelings appear.

Notice your time level.