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Is music therapy for real?

  1. Eric LeClair
    I know music can be quite healing for people (Myself as well).

    However, for 'real' medical issues, does music therapy actually help or is it more of a placebo thing?

    What kind of issues does music therapy help do doctors recommend it and has anyone had any issues that were resolved or lessened by it?
     
    Last edited: Oct 19, 2019
  2. Whazzzup
    I got to stoned once so i put on talvin singh and after an hour i was ok.
     
  3. wuwhere Contributor
    Does music sound better while stoned or crappy music sounds great while stoned?
     
  4. Eric LeClair
    I just Googled Talvin Singh hoping to laugh my butt off but I . . . Kind of . . . don't mind it...?
     
  5. Whazzzup
    I’m not sure if it’s music or the hour couch lock but I’d like to think both helped me metaphysically through it.
     
  6. Bytor123
     
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  7. swollazn
    https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0147956398900048

    1. It helps.
    2. Decreased anxiety ands promotes relaxation

    I personally do not know anyone undergoing music therapy. My friend does art therapy and apparently there is clown therapy. If music can affect emotions, then there is a place for music therapy.

    The closest I got to music therapy (not clinical, just personally) is listening to relaxing yoga music at the end of a session. I felt immediately refreshed afterwards, it is an interesting feeling everyone should experience.
     
  8. BobG55
    I remember this video and article when it came out. This man listened to and loved music his whole life. When he got older he began suffering from some form of dementia and would just sit there, comatose, staring straight ahead & not even speaking anymore. Once the orderly began putting the headphones on him and playing some of his past favourite jazz music he literally came to life and even spoke about how music is his passion. I remember thinking how incredible the story was and just how some things can truly be more powerful than I could ever imagine. In this case, it was what a lifelong love of music could still move this man suffering from dementia. Definitely therapeutic in this case.

    Personally if I didn't have music in my life I think I'd go mad eventually. I much prefer music over movies and slightly over books. Music has always triggered my imagination and stirred something within me that is hard to explain. It certainly makes me feel alive.
     
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  9. serman005
    It is definitely a thing and as alluded to above, it does seem to work for some people. I know someone with bad schizophrenia who believes he is a lifelong agent for the KGB. Even found a way to make up some fake business cards with his name and cell phone number on them using the hospital computer. Changed his legal name to something I won't reveal that is very, very Russian. Anyway, quite ill. But he is a truly gifted songwriter, singer, and guitarist. His voice is a little Cobainish. Really good. He was in the hospital for a long time and really struggled because no-one believed the whole Russia thing. It made him angry. The only thing that seemed to bring peace was his music therapy group, when a group of patients and a teacher/music therapist would practice and then perform some of his songs. I got to go to that performance. It was breathtaking to watch these obviously quite mentally quite ill people come to life through rocking out together. And they sounded good, because this guy, he is seriously talented. I was truly moved. And most importantly, my friend was happy for a change.

    So, music therapy, yeah. It seems to work for some people.
     
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