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Music as therapy

Armony in health 10 February, 2019 Ana María López de Mesa

Some of the benefits music has on the brain include reducing anxiety and pain, and strengthening your immune system.

In accordance with what the American Music Therapy Association states on music therapy, “Research on this practice has proven it to be efficient with physical rehabilitation, Alzheimer’s and other with types of dementia,” more and more professionals are using music as therapy for people who have physical and intellectual disabilities.

This association also explains how music therapy uses improvisation, listening, songwriting, lyrical discussions and imagery to understand patients’ responses to these practices. The aim of this approach is to determine the best treatment for each person in order to foster wellbeing, reduce tension, alleviate feelings of pain, improve memory, improve communication and aid in physical rehabilitation.

In the area of cognition, music generally increases your cognitive orientation and improves your ability to learn, focus, pay attention and concentrate. Physically, it helps maintain joint mobility and strengthens your muscles through aiding in relaxation and reducing anxiety levels.

It is important to keep in mind that interiorizing rhythm or melody also impacts people’s physical capacities as it improves their bodily responses to stimuli, helps people keep their balance under control and improves motor skills.

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