Apart from serving entertainment and relaxation, music is increasingly used as a support for the treatment of many illnesses.
Music therapy has been defined as the clinical and evidence-based use of music intervention to accomplish individual goals within a therapeutic relationship by a qualified professional who conducts an approved music therapy program. In other words, music therapy is the use of music by a trained professional to achieve therapeutic goals.
Music helps relieve schizophrenia:
Schizophrenics at four hospitals were divided into two groups, one group was treated only with drugs as well as encouraged to choose a musical instrument and participate in music learning courses. The result showed that the illness of the group that was involved with music improved much more than other group.
Music helps relieve pain and anxiety:
Studies show that music can reduce pain and anxiety of patients undergoing surgery. For one, the impact of melodies on the brain causes excitement that helps relieve the pain.
Music helps increase sexual desire:
Research supports the idea that the sweet sound of music boosts feelings of love and sexual abilities. Therefore, a poetic atmosphere and lyrical music are very good for those are in love.
The idea of music as a means of healing dates back to the beginnings of history, and some of the earliest notable mentions in Western history are found in the writings of ancient Greek philosophers.
Music therapy has existed in the U.S. since around 1944, when the first undergraduate degree program in the world was founded at Michigan State University and the first graduate degree program at the University of Kansas.
In France, the establishment of Music and Health Association in 1998 has seen the marked increase in the use of music in hospitals and clinics. Professional musicians and psychotherapists have taken part in the treatment of patients by playing appropriate types of music.
To date, music is used to treat anxiety, depression and stress as a supplementary therapy. Musicotherapy, as it is known, is also used to relieve pain or to reduce the amount of drugs taken to relieve pain; to boost a patient’s recovery from illness or surgery; to lift patients’ spirits and emotions; to increase memory and optimism; to facilitate communication; and to nurture couples’ happiness.