Music Therapy

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By Michelle Arradondo

Why do you listen to music?

Dr. Oliver Sacks said, “I regard music therapy as a tool of great power for many neurological disorders — specifically Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s — because of its unique capacity to organize or reorganize cerebral function when it has been damaged.” Music therapy is an interpersonal process in which the therapist uses music and all of its facets,  including physical, emotional, mental, social, aesthetic, and spiritual elements, to help clients improve or maintain their health. In some instances, the client’s needs are addressed directly through music; in others they are addressed through relationships that have developed between the therapist and his/her clients. I believe music therapy is a good thing to invest your time in because it helps mellow you out and you get to listen to your favorite jams while you do it. You talk with a music therapist and after he/she gets to know your strengths and weaknesses, he/she suggests some music you can listen to in order to help you.

Music therapy can work for some depending on what you suffer from. Research has found that itreduces stress and can reverse or rid yourself of depression with or without the help of medications. It’s also a therapeutic tool for those suffering from Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias. Some have found music therapy to be effective treating strokes and depression. On the other hand, it may also just be a huge waste of time. The therapist could possibly not do their job correctly and you could just be sitting in a quiet room listening to jams with your therapist. This would be non-beneficial for you and unprofessional on their part.

In my opinion, music therapy isn’t worth the time. My therapist wasted two months of my life having me listen to the same music I listen to everyday, and that’s all we would do. No talking. Just music. I enjoyed it sometimes, though, because he would bring in his acoustic guitar and play it. My advice would be to not make an appointment unless your insurance pays for it. It may be costly depending on how good of a doctor you get. Again, things are different for everybody, so results may vary.

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