Healing Powers of Music
Music therapy is a form of complementary medicine which has been proven to promote healing for a range of ailments and conditions in all ages. Different types and styles of sound can invoke different responses from the body and mind. The physical and mental activity generated from playing an instrument aids healing and development. There are many organisations around the world utilising this type of therapy whose participants are displaying positive results.
Laxmidhar Roul is a medical practitioner at SCB Medical College and Hospital, he has been treating people with music along with conventional methods. His research has found that over 80 patients showed signs of early recovery after attending his music therapy sessions. Roul comments “Patients suffering from chronic blood pressure, diabetes and psychiatric problems who are on lifelong medication have responded to the music therapies very well. After attending the music therapies their dosage of medicines have reduced and they are enjoying a better life”.
Music therapy is used to help individuals to accomplish goals in their development or recovery which will have long term benefits to their overall quality of life. Therapy is specific to the individual. The tempo and beat of the music can alter the heart rate and breathing. Louder faster music can speed up the heart rate and in turn increase blood pressure, whereas softer slower music will have the opposite effect. Research has shown that music increases the level of endorphins released, the body’s natural pain relievers, resulting in a decrease in pain levels for those which physical challenges.
An instrument commonly used in music therapy is the hand drum, such as the djembe drum. The nature of this type of instrument lends itself to music therapy because of the sounds which can be created and the ease of playing it. Drum playing is good for improving motor skills, resulting in better coordination and movement. Recent research also suggested that drumming accelerates physical healing, boosts the immune system and lifts the spirits. Learning ability and memory can also be enhanced because of the need for concentration on creating sounds and rhythm.
Since 2009, the Djembe Drum Shop has been retailing a range of traditional ethnic percussion instruments from their website at www.djembedrumshop.com. Products include djembe drums in varying sizes and styles, percussion shakers, children’s musical instruments as well as accessories such as djembe bags and straps. All their musical instruments are hand-crafted by master craftsmen and imported under established Fair Trade conditions.
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