Does Music Have The Power to Heal?

Updated: Feb 20, 2021

Music is powerful, it can affect your mood just by listening to a happy or sad song. Not only that it affects our homes we live in. Just put on some uplifting music on the radio whilst you're cooking, cleaning or generally just pottering around the house. Immediately things seem brighter, clearer and your mood is more upbeat. You may start singing along, whistling or even moving to the beat, but Does Music have the Power to Heal?

Music Therapy

Research is showing that music therapy is more than it seems. It can improve medical outcomes and quality of life in a variety of ways.

  • Hearing music in the recovery room lowered the use of painkillers.

  • Helps restore lost speech. Music therapy can help people who are recovering from a stroke or traumatic brain injury that has damaged the left-brain region responsible for speech.

  • Reduces side effects of cancer therapy. Listening to music reduces anxiety associated with chemotherapy and radiotherapy. It can also quell nausea and vomiting for patients receiving chemotherapy.

  • Aids pain relief. Music therapy has been tested in patients ranging from those with intense acute pain to those with chronic pain from arthritis. Overall, music therapy decreases pain perception, reduces the amount of pain medication needed, helps relieve depression, and gives people a sense of better control over their pain.

  • Improves quality of life in dementia patients. Because the ability to engage with music remains intact late in the disease process, music therapy can help to recall memories, reduce agitation, assist communication, and improve physical coordination.