Musical Therapy Lifts Spirits, Eases Pain and Anxiety

Music can be an important tool in helping to decrease anxiety, stimulate memory, and regulate breathing and heartbeat, among many other health advantages for people with illnesses.  After a four week study of music therapy at University of Miami, people with Alzheimer’s had higher levels of melatonin which helps regulate sleep, and showed stronger immunity and calm moods.  Besides physical benefits, music therapy can generate many mental and emotional benefits as well.  Coordinator of the music therapy program at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, said, “[Music] buffers some of the chaos and brings normalization to something that is not normal.  We teach people how to pair music with imagery experiences to decrease anxiety and help them get a sense of control.”
Indystar.com, October 8, 2009
 
Written By: Barb Berggoetz