Music affects not only our mood but also life quality. Some music genres such as classical music and smooth jazz have been known to improve the listener’s intelligence.
In ancient time, shamans would play ritual music to cure the patient. In today’s science, medical experts and professional therapists agree that music is beneficial both our physical and mental health Music gives positive effects to emotional development, cognitive function, and motor skills.
Read below to know further about the correlation between music and health benefits.
Music Therapy For Premature Babies
Premature babies are weak against varieties of disease. Prematurely coming out from the womb means that the baby has not yet perfectly developed its systems. The respiratory tract might be defective. The blood circulation can be disturbed. And the body immunity might be too weak to face microorganisms.
The normal time of gestation is 37 to 40 weeks. If the baby comes out earlier than 37 weeks, he./she is considered as premature. But music therapy seems to improve the baby condition.
A study on infants in NICU (Neonatal Intensive Care Unit) who received music therapy shows that the babies were breathing more steadily, and fell asleep quickly, than if without music. And the music in the research came from either the parents singing or music player.
Music Therapy For Dealing With Insomnia
Music therapy also maintains insomnia. The condition has not been fully understood by scientists because there are too many variables that can make a person experience difficulties to fall asleep. Emotional swings, poor body’s immune system, slow metabolism, and chemical imbalance are some of the possible causes.
Because adults can understand voice and identify musical instruments, the best songs to use in personal music therapy must follow the listener’s musical taste. You can choose your songs from rock, blues, and jazz playlist.
But there is also an alternative. Some people love listening to the sound of nature, and one of which is the sound of a howling pack of wolves. This method tends to bear no risks if compared to consuming the sleeping pills. Music therapy also results in a better quality sleep than the swallowing the pills.
Music Therapy For Dementia
Dementia causes the patient to hallucinate. They cannot live in the present, and their minds do not seem to be in touch with the reality. Worst cases of dementia cause the patients to be sent to an asylum. But in some people, the psychological defect comes episodically.
Dementia impairs one’s cognitive abilities. The patients cannot think and communicate properly. And in some cases, the patients can be violent while having an episode.
Music therapy can calm down people with dementia. Classical compositions, such as the ones written by Mozart, Chopin, and Debussy are the most suitable music for people with dementia. Songs with a hint of aggressiveness must be avoided.