Recent studies have confirmed what some experts have believed for many years – music has healing powers. The proliferation of diseases, especially the chronic and terminal type, demands that humanity looks for solutions from all viable sources. This quest explains the growth of the alternative medicine industry. Admittedly, there are still many health complications that baffle doctors. There are no cures for diseases such as cancer and Alzheimer’s. In almost every community, there are terminally ill people, waiting to die any minute. Many of these are isolated in homes, or taken and abandoned in hospices. For such unfortunate persons, music can bring relief and healing even as doctors continue to search for a permanent cure.
Studies show that music helps to assuage pain. Pain is one of the most dreadful aspects of disease. Pharmaceutical companies discovered this fact a long time ago and created pain-killers. Consequently, every time one feels some throbbing in any part of the body, the natural tendency is to ask for a pain-killer. Music is a priceless but effective method of alleviating pain. Patients listening to music experience quick relief from pain than those who don’t. Next time you experience headache, try music and see the wonders of melodies and beats.
Parkinson’s disease patients also experience better moods and have greater mobility when they listen to music. People suffering from this illness are usually the elderly. Their families undergo a lot of financial and mental agony as they seek to aid patients to live a near-normal life. Music, however, can be used to bring back some life and energy to such individuals. This stems from the fact that music stimulates the brain, where all mobility is coordinated. If you have a Parkinson’s patient, try exposing them to music and you will some transformation.
However, it is important to understand that not all kinds of music will create a healing effect in patients. Different types of music have varying effects on people. It is advisable to let a patient to listen to the type of music he or she likes. The sick person tends to associate music with some experiences. Relatives and friends need to help such patients to make person to identify the right kind of music. Generally, though, soft music with moderate beats tends to have a more powerful impact than fast-paced and loud songs. For example, hymns and blues would be more efficacious in this regard, than hip hop. In the final analysis, though, the music that uplifts the patient’s mood and engenders positive thinking and attitude has the greatest healing effect.