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 enjoyable leisure activity. Music is used to treat both the human body and mind while simultaneously providing stimulation and entertainment.

 The Therapeutic Effects of Music TherapyMusic encompasses a great deal of our everyday lives serving as a form of entertainment.

Music is heard in many places such as in our cars, at parties, as background music, in doctors' offices or malls, and in the privacy of our own home. Those same music notes have traveled out of the traditional areas and into the hallways of hospitals and private practices around the country and the world. However, most people are unaware of the medical benefits music therapy has on patients in need. Music therapy has therapeutic effects on patients in and out of the hospital setting. "Music therapy is an established health service similar to occupational therapy and physical therapy…it is a powerful and non-invasive medium and unique outcomes are possible" (Music Therapy and Medicine, 2004). It addresses problems in the physical and psychological aspects of a human being. With this information, private practices, hospitals, and specialized medical units are using this new method of...