Effectiveness of Music Therapy Essay
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Music is composed of sounds intertwined with melody and rhythm that can have powerful effects on a person. It can help people focus on tasks or calm the mind. Research has shown that music has beneficial effects on the mind, body, and health of a person. A journal article by Rastogi, Solanki, and Zafar (2013) refers, on the contrary, to:
‘Controlled use of music and its influence on the human being in physiological, psychological, and emotional integration of the individual during treatment of an illness or disability’.
Those who oppose music therapy believe it does not work, especially for in the long term, and that drugs are more efficient and show faster results. Despite those who are against it, music therapy has become very popular…show more content…
Psychological issues affect people with symptoms of depression and/or anxiety. Depression is a condition in which a person’s main emotions withdraw and there is a prolonged sadness over a long period of time. Main causes of depression consist of abuse in one’s lifetime, horrific or tragic events and or certain medications. “About 121 million people world-wide are believed to suffer from depression” (Naurt, 2008). Symptoms consist of low self esteem, disturbed sleep habits, appetite loss and the feeling of being not wanted; “It can lead to suicide and is associated with 1 million deaths a year” (Naurt, 2008). Antidepressants are the common treatment for depression, but music therapy is becoming increasingly popular. The biological perspective on the anti-depressants given to patients diagnosed with depression can have very horrific side effects. One such group of anti-depressants is Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors (SSRIs): “…there is also an established direct link between suicide and violent behavior and the use of SSRIs” (Tyrell, 2001). Most people stop using anti-depressants because of the drugs’ side effects. The SSRIs are just one example of malicious effects anti-depressant drugs that can create on people. Another research study completed by Kikuchi, Mimura, Suzuki, Uchida and Watanabe (2013), affirms their hypothesis that antidepressants has profound negative effects on patients with
In my essay I research music therapy and its effects. I discover what music therapy is and consider various resources to find if it actually has any medical benefits.
Music therapy is the practice of using music to heal people. It is used by companies around the world. Their aim is to either heal people or make them feel better about their condition.
Music therapy is not free. The aim of the companies that give and conduct music therapy may be to help people heal or feel better about their condition, but all of them charge money to do it. This means that their reasons for doing what they do must be motivated by money at least to a partial degree. It makes them no more noble or correct than the people that rub apples on their customer’s skin in order to help them heal.
There has never been any evidence to prove that music therapy works. This makes it a pseudo-medical practice as it has no proven effects. The people that claim to have felt the effects are either delusional, were not really ill, or have experienced the placebo effect.
Music therapy is no different to hydrotherapy in its effects. There has also never been any evidence to show that hydrotherapy works in any way to heal or help people, which makes it very similar to music therapy.
Practitioners of music therapy claim that there are certain sounds that activate healing in the body. They play those sounds via musical mediums. The practitioners say that as time goes by the user will heal and feel better because of the music. It is then customary to tell the customer that he or she is looking better after each session. When a customer asks for a progress report for all the treatments, the practitioner will say that the music therapy has helped and is improving the customer, but that the customer must keep coming back for more therapy if he or she wants to heal correctly.
It seems that all the practitioners I interviewed were saying the same thing, and all they could offer were poor excuses as to why people should try their therapy. They showed no real evidence of its effectiveness and each one has created his or her own version of the truth about music therapy and how it works. If you ask a doctor how diagnosing the Flu goes, then all doctors will tell you the same thing. Ask a music therapist about how any of their processes work and they will all say different things.
My research led me to the same place again and again, and that place is the conclusion that music therapy is a very nasty con that is practiced by monstrous people that exploit ill, vulnerable and dumb people. The practitioners are people that are very good at acting as if they are professional and is if they care, when in fact they are money grabbing fiends that enjoy having control over their victims. My research also showed that music therapy has no benefits whatsoever.