Music has enormous therapeutic benefits. Playing music can have dramatic effects on us not only mentally and emotionally, but also physically. “Music therapy” is a growing field of study and is being used to treat diverse issues and ailments. Over the past decade, music therapy programs have sprung up in hospitals and nursing homes all over the country. Here in San Diego, the “Healing Arts” program at Rady Children’s Hospital provides instruments and trained music therapists to help children with disorders and disabilities, as well as serious injuries and illnesses. Participants report that playing music makes them feel better and encourages the human body to heal itself.
A new program at the Walter Reed Army Medical Center is another example of how music is being used as a tool to help soldiers recover after being injured in combat. Following the success of the program at the medical center in Washington D.C., the program is being expanded into the San Diego area this year.
There are ways for all of us to use the healing power of music in our own lives. Whether you’re listening to your favorite band or playing your favorite tune, notice the physical effects that playing music has on your body, your mind, and your spirit.