Music’s healing powers

March 16, 2020 by share splitz

It’s widely known that music can help shape young lives by making children smarter, more socially active and engaged in their day-to-day activities. Today, we’re going to talk about the healing power of music. That’s right, music is not only fun to listen to and perform, but it also has quite a few therapeutic qualities that have helped people recover from everything from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder to depression and even severe brain injuries.

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You probably remember the horrific story of Gabby Giffords, the Representative from Arizona who was shot and nearly killed at a political event in 2011. You also may have witnessed her remarkable recovery and return to the public eye as she has slowly healed. What you might not know is the role music played on her road to recovery.

After Giffords was shot, doctors discovered that some of the most extensive injuries to her brain were in the areas that control speech. Fortunately, the right side of her brain was intact, and that happens to be the part that processes music. Working with a music therapist, Giffords was able to speed up her recovery by retraining the damaged parts of her brain through music. Even as she struggled to speak again, she was able to sing beautifully, which helped encourage her to keep going. A few years after her shooting, she went on TV to sing a song from the musical “Annie.” To this day, she remains an inspiration to anyone who has suffered a terrible experience and come through the other side successfully.

There are other great instances of music’s healing power. A story in Psychology Today explains how people with schizophrenia have improved their symptoms and ability to function in society thanks to music therapy. Patients with anxiety, depression and even chronic pain have also benefited from the therapy.

So, think of music as inexpensive therapy for the body, mind and soul. Music is everywhere around us. It’s in the birdsong that wakes you up in the morning. It’s on the radio and in your memories. The best part? You can tap into its power any time, day or night. With Splitz, you can tap into that power — and share it with those around you.