Music Therapy and Trauma Treatment
Music therapy has been used to treat victims of trauma for many years. Music therapy interventions are provided by professionals who use music to assist those who need to recover from a traumatic event. Music therapy can address an individual’s physical and psychological issues through a non-invasive medium. Individuals who are recovering from trauma can learn positive coping skills as well as how to express feelings appropriately.
Music therapy also provides the individual with a safe place in which to process the trauma and corresponding emotions. Music is relaxing and can aid in reducing the anxiety often seen with traumatic events.
Research supports music therapy as an effective treatment alternative. There is evidence to support that music therapy sessions help a person to develop strong coping skills and a readiness to deal with day-to-day life stressors.
Music is a form of sensory stimulation just like walks in nature and meditation. Music also influences pain reduction, respiration, and self-reported levels of anxiety. An individual in a music therapy session can show positive changes in mood as well as physiological responses.
Music therapy professionals provide an individual assessment, treatment plan, and outcome goals to each participant. Some music therapy interventions are provided in connection with other forms of treatment such as learning to reduce stress and communicate effectively.
As most of us have probably experienced at one time or another, there are benefits to listening to music. For those who were part of a traumatic event, listening to music or playing an instrument can be very spiritual allowing the soul to heal.
Neuroscience also recognizes music therapy and its influence on change and behavioral functions. One study researched the brain with music and without music and measured the differences. Changes that took place during music therapy sessions were also present when the individual was not engaged in a music activity. It is believed that the skills achieved during music therapy can be used even after the music therapy session has ended.
On the surface, music therapy can be used for a number of mental health disorders as well as physical problems associated with trauma. Individuals with post-traumatic stress disorder have shown a decrease in anxiety, increased self-esteem, and a relaxed mind and body. In addition, music therapy can teach effective communication and socialization skills as well.
An integrative approach to treatment is necessary for healing the mind, the body, and the spirit from the effects of addiction, trauma, and mental health. Cottonwood Tucson offers critically acclaimed clinical care for men, women, and adolescents. Call us today for information on our internationally recognized programs. (888) 727-0441.