Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Music and Healing, part 1

Music Therapy is Sound Healing:  from Ancient Medicine to Modern Research

[This is part of our Music and Healing blogpost series, part 1.] has a short synopsis of the healing properties of music. While music has been used for soothing the aches and pains of kings from medeval times; it continues to be studied in the present day.
The following quote is from
Sound Energy Therapy
Sound energy therapy, sometimes referred to as vibrational or frequency therapy, includes music therapy as well as wind chime and tuning fork therapy. The presumptive basis of its effect is that specific sound frequencies resonate with specific organs of the body to heal and support the body. Music therapy has been the most studied among these interventions, with studies dating back to the 1920s, when it was reported that music affected blood pressure.11 Other studies have suggested that music can help reduce pain and anxiety. Music and imagery, alone and in combination, have been used to entrain mood states, reduce acute or chronic pain, and alter certain biochemicals, such as plasma beta-endorphin levels.12 These uses of energy fields truly overlap with the domain of mind-body medicine.
11. Vincent S, Thompson JH. The effects of music upon the human blood pressure. Lancet. 1929;213(5506):534-538.
12. Chlan L. Music Intervention. In: Snyder M, Lindquist R, eds. Complementary/Alternative Therapies in Nursing. 4th ed. New York: Springer Publishing Company; 2001:58-66. also lists Sacred Heart Hospital of Eau Claire, Wisconsin, as having a rehabilitation program that includes music therapy.
If you would like to read about how music therapy may be useful in helping concussions or traumatic brain injuries (TBI) heal, check out Brainline's story, "The Cerebellum Blues".


NIH Lecture on Music and Brain Function by Dr. Patel
From the National Institute of Health (NIH) Integrative Medicine Lecture series, there is a great lecture from Dr. Patel on how music affects brain function and learning.  He discusses briefly how music can be therapeutic (healing).  This lecture was given May 13th, 2013, and goes by the title, "Exploring the Impact of Music on Brain Function".  Dr. Patel is an associate professor in the Department of Psychology, Tufts University.  Follow this link to watch the powerpoint presentation.

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