The Benefits of Music Therapy (cont.)
Music therapy is an expressive therapy that uses exposure to music to help people improve their well-being. The American Music Therapy Association defines music therapy as the clinical and evidence-based use of music interventions to accomplish individualized goals within a therapeutic relationship by a credentialed professional, who has completed an approved music therapy program.
After assessing a client’s strengths and needs, a music therapist provides treatment including creating, singing, moving to, writing, and/or listening to music. This form of therapy also opens avenues of communication for those who find it difficult to express themselves verbally.
Music therapists work with those who are suffering from various illnesses or disorders such as depression, abuse, anxiety, PTSD (Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder), and Schizophrenia, as well as Autism, Alzheimer, seizure disorders, and more.
While many associate music with relaxation, its benefits extend well beyond. An article published by the American Psychological Association cited that music improves immune system function and reduces stress. Listening to music was also found to be more effective than prescription drugs in reducing anxiety before surgery.