The Therapeutic Effects of Music Therapy

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AbstractDifferent alternatives are used when providing health care in the medical setting. The objective of music therapy is to achieve therapeutic effects coinciding with or without the use of drug therapy. Patients in the hospital setting and at home are utilizing this new wave of therapy. While opening gates for better communication during treatment, it also helps patients better manage their illness, disease, or stressful situation. Primarily, music therapy is used for patients suffering with long-term disabilities such as dementia, in crisis situations that have devastating mental effects, in recovering from surgery, and in the privacy of people's homes. Heard virtually everywhere, music is viewed as a hobby, means of fun or as an …show more content…
Mainstream America was not aware of the potential benefits of music therapy in this situation until brought to light by The New York City Music Therapy Relief Project. This organization, combined with over 50 years of practice and research in music therapy, has demonstrated "the impact it can have as a 'second wave' relief in helping to cope with events surrounding a crisis and its aftermath" (Music Therapy, 2004). Having this type of access provides people with a better understanding of the problem and provides them with a means to fix it. People tend to block out the information or stimuli that is causing the trauma during a crisis and events are suppressed deep within the brain helping it and the body cope with this degree of trauma. Music therapy "helped to develop a stronger sense of readiness to cope with day-to-day stressors and potential future crisis situations" (Music Therapy, 2004).

According to the article "Music Therapy in Response to Crisis and Trauma" (2004), during an eight month program, seven thousand music therapy interventions were facilitated in schools, senior centers, healthcare facilities and other locations throughout the New York metropolitan area to help with coping. Selected groups of programs were geared towards health care workers, counselors, crisis workers, firemen, and policeman who responded in helping others cope with the event. Therapy sessions were primarily centered on families recovering from the devastating
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