Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Music therapy and its utility in MEDICINE

Music washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life. ~Berthold Auerbach

Music therapy is the prescribed use of music by a qualified person to affect positive response in the psychological, physical, cognitive, or social functioning of individuals with health or educational problems.
Healing power of music therapy was identified in early 20th century, during the I st and 2 nd world war, when the soldiers in Veterans hospital got relieved from the distress of both physical and emotional trauma .There after a demand for a separate curriculam for music therapy grew, The first music therapy degree program was launched at Michigan State University in 1944.

A Music therapist assess emotional well-being, physical health, social functioning, communication abilities, and cognitive skills through musical responses.

Music therapy is cost effective, it addresses the whole person. Goals and techniques are adapted to an individual’s changing needs.

According to US researchers ,patients who have undergone bone-marrow transplantation reduces their reports of pain and nausea and may even play a role in speeding up the rate at which their new marrow starts producing blood cells

Therapeutic utility

In cancer, music therapy not only relieves pain but also reduces the dose of pain killers required for further treatment.

Nervous system/Psychiatric illiness

Alzheimer's disease,Brain injuries ,Shingles , Phantom limb pain , persisting Paralysis of leg or arm after a stroke (cerebral thrombosis) Migraine and other headaches,Developmental disablities,Anxiety disorder,Phobias ,Mood disorders, neuralgia ,Carpal tunnel syndrome ,Travel sickness ,Tiredness etc..

Reproductive system disorders: Menstruation pains, Pain after childbirth

Connective tissue disorders Neck and low back pains Muscle tension ,acute and chronic pain
Pain after operations ,Whiplash injury ETC

In India
Certain ragas like KALYANI, MOHANAM ,PAHADI, ,BHOOP,YAMAN ARE PROVED TO HAVE THERAPEUTIC EFFECT IN RELIEVING depression,insomnia stress and tension.

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