Understand how music therapy works and its health benefits

Understand how music therapy works and its health benefits

The Music Therapist Day – September 15 – was decreed in April 1991 by the then governor of São Paulo Luiz Antônio Fleury Filho. Soon after, it gained national date status, extending to the entire country.

Music is actively present in people’s lives, with each lyric sung in a melody, different stories are expressed, capable of touching the listener. In Brazil, 98% of the population likes to listen to music and 58% of Brazilians listen to music every day, according to the survey “The consumption of music in Brazil”, carried out in May 2021 by the research and knowledge area of ​​Rede Globo .

Due to the great influence of music today, interest in music therapy grows, a medical treatment support that dates back to the end of World War II, when musicians played in hospitals for soldiers wounded in combat, with the aim of assisting in rehabilitation. their.

According to the World Federation of Music Therapy, the objective of the profession is to develop potential and restore the patient’s functions, so that he can achieve better intra and interpersonal integration and, consequently, a better quality of life, through prevention, rehabilitation or treatment. .

“Music therapy is only with a music therapist. No other professional is qualified to practice the profession. Nowadays we have music therapists working in different segments, from hospitals, clinics, companies and institutions. I believe that for the next few years, we will occupy more and more spaces.” F5 News the music therapist Wagner Brito.

The therapy works from this perspective of well-being and aims to promote health, applying musical instruments, the body, the voice and other sounds in order to establish channels of communication.

These treatments can be used in people with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), Down syndrome patients, patients with cancer, Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s, as well as pregnant women, among other potential audiences of the therapy.

Music therapist Anderson Gimenez comments on the qualities of the treatment. “Music is the language of our soul, the benefits are numerous, it brings us peace and tranquility, it elevates our spirit, not to mention our cognitive, which is reached in rhythmic and melodic areas”, he told the F5 News.

Studies carried out by researchers at McGill University in Montreal, Canada, already show that music has positive effects on the brain, including the release of dopamine, also known as the “pleasure hormone”.

Isaac is two years and five months old and was diagnosed with regressive autism, as he stopped speaking some words he used to articulate when he was still 1 year old. Since then, he has gone through music therapy sessions that help in his development.

Isaac’s mother, Juliana Pires, talks about the experience. “In addition to traditional therapies in the ABA method, he identified a lot with music therapy, and after Regressive Autism, the first word was music therapy. Through music we were able to acquire several skills, one of which is imitation, which he did not have”, she told the F5 News.

This moment was recorded on Juliana’s social networks, she says she cried for three consecutive days for her son’s victory and thanks music therapist Anderson Gimenez. The video went viral on social media and her mother told the F5 News I didn’t expect such repercussions – the post accumulates more than 500 thousand views and 82 thousand likes.

“I am very happy to follow Isaac, as well as his evolution and development; family support is essential for this process. Look for a specialized professional and live the music”, says music therapist Anderson Gimenez.

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