Music Therapy: Certain music may be good for your health

Music therapy may be good for your health

Studies show that music therapy, like the use of acoustic guitars in classical music, may reduce stress and aid in post-surgical recovery.

Don’t you just feel better when you listen to a good song?  There may be a scientific reason for that.  Studies show that music therapy may:

  • alleviate pain
  • promote wellness
  • manage stress
  • help express feelings
  • enhance memory
  • improve communication
  • promote physical rehabilitation

One study showed that listening to music may reduce stress before surgery.  Another study found that certain types of relaxing music, such as Bach and Beethoven, significantly decreases patients’ anxiety before as well as after surgery.  Other types of music such as heavy metal were found to actually increase stress and possibly cause dangerous heart rhythms in surgical patients.  The study even goes on to say that the observed positive stress-reducing effects of music were greater than the effects of medication.

Research like this suggests that playing music for patients in a hospital, or music therapy, may improve healing and speed up recovery.  So Botsford Hospital is kicking off a new volunteer program that recruits musicians to play for the enjoyment of patients, visitors and staff.  The program, appropriately called “Music from the Heart,” is now recruiting musicians with the following qualifications:

  • Owns, can play and can bring a woodwind instrument, acoustic guitar or a string instrument
  • Successfully completed one year in a music program (high school, college or professional)
  • Is able to walk and stand for extended periods
  • Is mature with self control and customer service skills
  • Has excellent communication skills

To learn more or to volunteer, please call (248) 471-8082.  You may also learn more about volunteering at Botsford.

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