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Music heals, not just entertains

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Music is considered by many as the brain’s happy pill.

Listening to your favorite songs releases stress, gets your mind off your troubles and pains, and generally relaxes you.

Numerous therapists and doctors have suggested that music can be used as a legitimate form of medicine and relaxation. Music therapist and co-author of the study and president of the Association for Music Therapy Melanie Kwan said, “Active music engagement allowed the patients to reconnect with the healthy parts of themselves, even in the face of a debilitating condition or disease-related suffering.’’

Corollary to this, researchers also said that playing and listening to music may increase the body’s natural immune system. The body’s response to music increases the production of the antibody immunoglobulin A and natural cell killers. These cellular soldiers are responsible for attacking any invading virus.

Thus, the body’s immune system is boosted.

“We’ve found compelling evidence that musical interventions can play a health-care role in settings ranging from operating rooms to family clinics. This is one reason why music is associated with relaxation,” says psychologist Daniel J. Levitin, PhD.

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In the Philippines, music therapy has also reached its influence. Celeste S. Sanchez, local music therapist, serves as the director of Music Therapy Philippines. The group is an online site that posts information about music therapy in general.

Historically, music therapy is recognized as a significant field of research. Music as a form of medicine may currently be a glowing topic in the 21st century, but the study itself is not new.

The earliest dated reference of music therapy dates back to the 18th century, specifically in 1789. It was first mentioned in an unsigned article in Columbian Magazine titled “Music Physically Considered.”

Today, the influence of music therapy manifests in music-streaming services like Pandora and Spotify. They have implemented predictive abilities in their apps that may bode well for music therapy research.

Music is limitless, boundless.

We listen to music for joy, pleasure, entertainment. However, music is not only for our ears, but also for our souls.

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