Music therapy: healing with notes

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Carlos Laforet Coll
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Music has definitely a healing power and more and more studies are proving it. Music is able to transform our mouth into a smile, positively influencing our mood, making us happy and making us overcome difficult and dull moods. And we are not philosophizing at all! There is a real way of approaching the person who comes to life from music: music therapy.



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A music can do, save you on the brink, what music can do ... Remember this song? Max Gazzè sang it several years ago and, apparently, it would seem that he had seen along in unsuspecting times. Music, in fact, is definitely a curative power and more and more studies prove it. Music is able to transform our mouth into a smile, positively influencing our mood, making us happy and making us overcome difficult and dull moods. And we are not philosophizing at all! There is a real way of approaching the person who comes to life from music: music therapy.



One of the leading experts in this field is Rolando Omar Benenzonche has, among other things, coined this definition: Music therapy is a branch of science that deals with the study and research of the complex sound-man, either the musical sound or not, to discover the diagnostic elements and therapeutic methods inherent to it. From a therapeutic point of view, music therapy is one paramedical discipline that uses sound, music and movement to produce regressive effects and to open communication channels that enable us to begin the process of preparing and recovering the patient for society. "

This "science", therefore, can help in many and different environments. Can relax people who are unable to fall asleep or suffer from insomnia; reduce pain, anxiety and muscle tension levels of patients admitted to an emerging medical condition; even stem the problems related to food, such as anorexia. These, just to mention, are the most striking examples related to the use of treatments made of music.

Another very important fact is that music therapy, not using drugs, is not an invasive remedy and, above all, free of side effects dictated by the use of medicines. Although only recently trying to better delineate this type of approach, it was actually born many years ago. Already at the beginning of the eighteenth century: the first treatise on music therapy dates back, in fact, to first half of the 1700 by a London medical musician, Richard Brockiesby. Going further in time we mention, instead, the Second World War, where nurses and doctors often played to relieve the physical and mental traumas of the countless wounded soldiers.



Music helps stimulate the brain and studies seem to have intuited that i electric sounds are more appropriate to bring positive stimuli to the brain. For this reason, ambient, newage or minimal sounds are often used for this type of approach.


Even in surgical field therapies of this type have been implemented. In fact, in the pre-operation period a musical listening can help the patient to relax one more time under the knife.


In short, the next time you have even one simple headache, before experimenting with a drug, try turning on the stereo!

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