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A large room with projector and many students sitting in front. From DeBakey HSHP Music as Medicine Chapter meeting.

Why Music as Medicine?

Reduces Stress and Anxiety Among Patients

Music has a calming effect on patients, helping to lower anxiety levels and alleviate stress. The soothing melodies and rhythms promote relaxation, providing a sense of comfort and emotional well-being.

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Enhances Mood and Emotional Well-Being

Music has the power to uplift spirits and evoke positive emotions and can boost mood and enhance emotional well-being by stimulating the release of hormones, which are associated with pleasure and happiness.

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Alleviates Pain and Discomfort

 

Listening to music has been shown to reduce the perception of pain. By diverting attention and promoting relaxation, music can provide a distraction from physical discomfort and support pain management efforts.

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Music Supports Physical Rehabilitation

Rhythmic and melodic elements of music can facilitate movement and coordination, and can be beneficial for patients undergoing physical rehabilitation by helping to improve motor skills, range of motion, and overall physical functioning.

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Improves Cognitive Function

Music engages various cognitive processes, including attention, memory, and problem-solving. It can stimulate neural pathways and improve cognitive function, particularly in patients with neurodegenerative disorders or cognitive impairments.

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Enhances Social Interaction and Communication

Group music sessions create opportunities for social interaction and communication among patients. Through shared musical experiences, individuals can connect with one another, express themselves, and develop a sense of belonging and community.

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