The Healing Powers of Music
Today we live in a chaotic world where we are forced to process so many different situations all at once. If you just bottle everything up, you'll eventually burst! One way to filter your feelings in a productive manner that is not only healthy for your body but mostly your mind is to use the act of catharsis. Let your feelings transform into something worthwhile. In addition, we will discuss the art of music therapy and just how responsive the brain can be in a time of need.
First, it's an incredible discovery to discuss the healing powers of vibrational waves. This can be explored in the theory of Vibracoustic Therapy, where low pitched sounds are used in the form of direct application to the body to promote nerve stimulation. A few incredible studies are currently taking place worldwide.
On the flipside of pitch, rhythm has been playing a key role in the patterns within the body. "Since the rhythmic pulses of music can drive and stabilize this disorientation, we believe that low-frequency sound might help with these conditions," Bartel says. He is leading a study using vibroacoustic therapy with patients with mild Alzheimer's disease. The hope is that using the therapy to restore normal communication among brain regions may allow for greater memory retrieval, he says.
"We've already seen glimmers of hope in a case study with a patient who had just been diagnosed with the disorder," Bartel says. "After stimulating her with 40-hertz sound for 30 minutes three times a week for four weeks, she could recall the names of her grandchildren more easily, and her husband reported good improvement in her condition."
As for diseases that are more commonplace in our world, such as depression and anxiety, there are some very interesting techniques that have been investigated in the recent years. Aside from bridging a social gap to many different relationships and friendships within one's life - music can also help to draw out emotions that are otherwise buried or dormant. You may find yourself tearing up one day when you didn't even realize you were holding back.
Although therapy via sound is still very much a mystery, one cannot deny that the right song can feel like a wonderful hug from someone you love. Sometimes it can reach you and express the things that you are unable to express yourself. There's not much better than that!
- K. O'Neil, PitStop Musicians