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Why Music Should be Used In Modern Medicine

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Hanna Coovert

on 6 December 2014

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Many ancient cultures incorporated music into their rituals, teachings, and practice as a healing tool - Greeks, Egyptians, Native Americans.
Ancient Greek God Apollo was the God of Music and the God of Medicine.
Native Americans used their music for Shamanic healing purposes.
Plato believed music affected the soul directly ~ Aristotle believe music could help one "heal and purify the soul"
Music and Healing
The use of music should be an acceptable form of treatment or healing in the modern medical society, because musical experiences and music therapy are capable or producing strong mental and physical responses, that have been utilized for healing purposes for centuries.
Not Accepted by Traditional Western Medicine
Medical practitioners are only thinking within the textbook definitions of treatments, and not considering the verity of effects music has on an individual, effects that are similar to their prescribed treatments.

Physical Responses
Mental Response
Music can have any emotional response it evokes or helps a patient express, such has if they are feeling stressed it can help calm them. The same goes for if they are feeling mad and/or angry, this style of music can help rid them of the excess emotions in a much more constructive and less medicated way.
Music can very as broadly as the range of human emotions.
Music is only technically to be "therapeutic" while in a session with a trained therapist, but music effecting an individual is not limited to a controlled setting.
"There are many ways in which music can be used therapeutically by adequately functioning people. With its help they can alleviate stress, fertilize the creative powers of the mind, rise above the tyranny of daily trivialities, enrich their emotional life's and relax the body of releasing static emotion" (Priestly).
Music Therapy
Why Music Should be Used In Modern Medicine
Music therapy is defined as, "the systematic application of music as directed by the music therapist to bring about changes in the emotional and/or physical health of a person" (Bonny).
Music choice directly correlates to the overall goal the therapist is trying to achieve for the patient, however certain types of music are more commonly used in a controlled setting, as opposed to what the patient is naturally drawn to.
Types of Music
Classical music is the most commonly used form of music, a some argue that music by Bach, Mozart, and Italian composers is most effective
All Music is Therapeutic
The variable effects of music are too diverse to pinpoint exactly how the effect the brain in every individual, however these affects can be observed and utilized to best benefit the "whole being" - or the mental and physical responses.
Music was used to help increase athletic performance in the ancient olympic athletes.
When exposed to the type of music the individual best identified with, and their cardiovascular and respiratory responses mirrored the music structure. (Case study on musics affects on cardiovascular system)
Our bodies are responsive to the rhythms of the world around us, prescribing such a response to help an individual better handle themselves in a daily manner is the same as prescribing a drug to cause the same physical outcome.
For example, the body is responsive to sedative music, this could be used to alleviate pain, as well as reduce stress and other physiological responses.
Physical Continued
"There is no doubt that music, if used in appropriate ways, may have beneficial effects particularly in conditions with pain and mental ill health" (2)
Prescriptions Medications
Mental health conditions are most often treated with psychiatric drugs, however there is no way of knowing if these prescriptions will actually help, and it is a guessing game of trial and error which can have many negative side effects for the patient, and may even keep them from treatment of any kind.
Music and music therapy allow the patient to learn how to reach these same affects through a natural route, and a constructive way to express with excess emotions.
Patients with emotional disorders, psychosocial problems, and psychiatric illness can benefit from this type of treatment
Music Should be Accepted as a Form of Medical Treatment
Music being accepted as a healing force in the modern medical society would allow for a more natural therapeutic remedy being used, prior to resorting to chemical treatments. It would also allow the patient an more open way to express what they are feeling internally, in a constructive way that not only helps them express pent up emotion, but also teaches them a constructive coping mechanism to utilize in the process to bettering their well being.
An example of Ancient Greek music
A (somewhat long) example of Native American music used for Shamanic pourposes.
A modern example of a type of healing music based on the sound frequency and how that effects the overall being
Examples of classical music used for therapeutic purposes
Work Cited
Aldridge, David, and Jörg Fachner. Music and Altered States: Consciousness, Transcendence, Therapy and Addictions. London: Jessica Kingsley, 2005. Print.

Aldridge, David, and Jörg Fachner. Music Therapy and Addictions. London: Jessica Kingsley, 2010. Print.

Bjerstedt, Sven. “Strong Experiences with Music: Music Is Much More than Just Music A Review Essay.” Ed. Christine M. Thompson, Evea Anttila, S. Alex Ruthmann, and William J. Doan. International Journal of Education & the Arts 14.7 (2013): n. pag. International Journal of Education & the Arts. Web. 06 Oct. 2014.

Bonny, Helen L., Ph.D.,R.M.T., C.M.T. “Music and Healing.” Music Therapy 6A.1 (1986): 3- 12. Oxford Journals. Web. 1 Oct. 2014.

Maya. "History of Music and Sound in Healing." History of Music and Sound in Healing. Sing and Hum, n.d. Web. 16 Nov. 2014.

Priestley, Mary. Music Therapy in Action. Gilsum, NH: Barcelona Pub., 2012. Print.

Theorell, Töres,. Psychological Health Effects of Musical Experiences : Theories, Studies and Reflections in Music Health Science. 2014. Print.

Trappe, H.-J. “The Effects of Music on the Cardiovascular System and Cardiovascular Health.” Heart 96.23 (2010): 1868-871. VCU Libraries. Web. 1 Oct. 2014.

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