Reducing the Aches and Pains of Life with Music Therapy

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Therapeutic use of music is also extremely effective at reducing the everyday aches and pains that humans experience. Slow and methodical music slows the brain waves and helps the muscles in our body to relax, reducing muscle pain (Coleman). A significant amount of today’s population also experiences depression in some shape way or form and music therapy has been proven to be one of the most successful ways to help patients cope with depression. “Individual music therapy combined with standard care is extremely effective for lowering [depression] among working age people,” says Professor Christian Gold at the University of British Columbia (Paddock). “Music therapy is so effective because it allows patients to express their feelings in a safe way,” mentions Elizabeth Fawcett (MT-BC) (Peach). Hospital patients experienced consistently shorter and more pleasant stays when undergoing music therapy along with traditional treatment (Meyer). Not only is musical therapy an extremely effective practice to use for many different issues, it is also very fast acting with long term benefits as well. Patients often experience the positive effects of therapy during or immediately following their session. The benefits are also felt long after the music has stopped, especially if sessions continue over a span of several days or weeks (Ramsay). For thousands of years, humans have relied on music therapy; it is one of the most successful and cheapest treatments available to

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