Sound & Music TherapyThere's no question that sound has a major impact on all of us. Soft ballads soothe us, anthems stir us, heavy metal sends some of us into frenzies. It's no wonder, then, that doctors have adopted sound and music for a variety of therapeutic uses.
MUSIC THERAPY Of all the sound therapies in use today, music is the most common. Music therapy can reduce heart rate, blood pressure, pain, and anxiety. In hospitals, it's used to alleviate pain (along with pain medication or anesthesia), improve patients' moods and counteract depression, promote movement during physical rehabilitation, calm or sedate, induce sleep, counteract fear, and reduce muscle tension. In nursing homes, it's used to boost the residents' level of physical, mental, and social functioning.
OTHER SOUND THERAPIES:
THE TOMATIS METHOD: Employing specially modified auditory feedback in a broad range of frequencies.
THE BERARD METHOD: This form of treatment uses electronically enhanced music to correct hypersensitive or distorted hearing.
SPECTRAL ACTIVATED MUSIC of OPTIMAL NATURAL STRUCTURE (SAMONAS): Another form of electronically tailored music, SAMONAS is intended to train the auditory system to process the full range of sound without distortion, hypersensitivity, or frequency loss.
TONING: This therapy, in which you're asked to repeat certain vowels is said to bring "new life energy" to "inhibited" or "unbalanced" parts of the body.
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