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What is Music Therapy?


Do you have trouble focusing? Or have you been experiencing pain, anxiety, or the inability to fall asleep every night? A music therapy session with us might be just what you need to increase your overall health and well-being. Here's everything you need to know about different forms of music therapy for better mind-body wellness.

What is Music Therapy?

Music therapy is a form of functional medicine that uses music to address your physical, mental, and emotional needs. Taught by board-certified music therapists, who are typically musicians or trained in music studies, music therapy includes:

  • Playing a musical instrument
  • Listening to music
  • Writing songs
  • Singing
  • Drumming

Music therapy is a completely non-invasive form of therapy suited for patients of all ages. You do not have to be musically inclined to participate in or benefit from music therapy sessions.

What Are the Benefits of Music Therapy?

Recent research shows that there are multiple benefits to music therapy. Regular sessions of music therapy can help:

  • Decrease anxiety
  • Improve cognitive function and memory
  • Reduce pain
  • Improve mood
  • Relax the body
  • Restore speech in patients recovering from a stroke or traumatic brain injury
  • Induce sleep

What to Expect During a Session of Music Therapy

If you've never been to a music therapy session, you might be wondering what to expect. Music therapy is usually a recurring practice where the music therapist actively works with you to create and use music—this can occur as a private session or in a group setting.

Each music therapy session is highly individualized and takes into consideration your emotional health, cognitive skills, physical abilities, and creative interests. A music therapist at Panhandle Counseling and Health Center will start off your first session with a series of questions to figure out your current health status and identify the best music therapy treatments to help you achieve optimal wellness. This can include learning how to play a musical instrument, listening to different genres of music, composing songs, or drumming.

Music therapy sessions require an accurate evaluation by a board-certified music therapist to be effective.

For more information about music therapy, contact Panhandle Counseling and Health Center at (580) 338-4638.

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