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Examples of Music Therapy Healing Techniques

Updated on January 18, 2015

Musical Remedies

Sound/music is vibration that can affect change in our bodies at a cellular level. Every vibration that goes through us affects us. The vibration of sound/music incites healing by putting back in tune the vibrations making us unwell.

There are some simple, yet effective ways to use music to treat/heal common ailments.

Sinus Health

If you suffer from sinus problems try humming your favorite songs or chant the sound "om". Chanting and humming both create sound vibrations which encourage air to move back and forth between sinus and nasal passages. It also improves the output of nitric oxide, an indicator of healthy sinus function. The air movement opens Ostia that connect the nose to sinuses allowing the sinuses to drain properly. Hum several times a day for improved sinus health.

Misty Mountian Humming

Snoring and Sleep Apnea

If you need a more healthy/restful sleep learn to play the didgeridoo. Playing the didgeridoo strengthens the muscles in the upper airway (which collapse and cause snoring or breathing to stop) through breathing techniques used to play the instrument.

Didgeridoo Beatbox

High Blood Pressure

High blood pressure is a sign that the heart is straining to pump blood through the body. This can cause weakening of heart muscle and lead to heart attack or stroke.Many studies have proven that listening to music at least 30 minutes a day (especially slow, classical, Celtic, Indian, and most significant results from harp music) decreases blood pressure and has been known to have the same relaxing effect as 10 mg of Valium. Slow music relaxes a person by slowing their breathing and heartbeat as well as enhancing cognitive functions such as memory, concentration and reasoning skills, and boost immune system.

Listening to and making your own music daily can have a positive impact on your physical health and emotional well being.

The Healing Sound of Music

© 2013 HeatherH104


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      Robert E Smith 4 years ago from Rochester, New York

      Thank you. I am intrigued with the facts you talk about. I will be reading a lot of what you write.

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      HeatherH104 4 years ago from USA

      Thanks Bob! Those loud vibrations DO change your heartbeat and make changes in your body. When I exercise, I actually listen to slower, relaxing songs to slow my heartbeat to endure longer workouts. It's the opposite of what is recommended, but if you think about it, elevating your heartbeat too fast will tire you faster.

      Thanks for the follow. I'll follow you back and check out your hubs! :)


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      Robert E Smith 4 years ago from Rochester, New York

      I thought this article was phenomenal. I always knew music's vibrations were doing something but I always imagined it to be bad. When I go somewhere that plays loud volume music beats it always makes me feel like it is working against my own heart somehow. I don't know if that is just my attitude or if it is indeed doing something detrimental. I just got into playing the ocarina and I love its sound. Just got done writing the first of two articles on music. I will read more of your hubs. Thanks again, Bob Smith (no body on Hubpages).

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      HeatherH104 4 years ago from USA

      Mike, you have such a sweet soul. Thank you for your kind comments. Keep up your great writting! :)

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      HappyMikeWritter 4 years ago

      Dear Heather, you are such an inspiration :-) You always pick up a great topic which I never have a clue that exist. Great information here. So happy I could educate myself thanks to you .

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      just helen 4 years ago from Dartmoor UK

      That is a usefull idea, Heather. I will incorporate it into my schedule.

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      HeatherH104 4 years ago from USA

      Thanks Helen!

      What you are doing sounds great, singing is wonderful for the mind. Maybe you could add some simple percussion instruments like tambourine, shakers, or hand drums to keep them even more engaged.

      I never worked with this population my speciality is working with kids but a music therapist I know who does work with dementia also video tapes everyone singing and playing instruments and plays it back to them. They get a kick out of seeing themselves and it engages the mind to remember and identify each other.

      Sorry I don't have more!

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      just helen 4 years ago from Dartmoor UK

      Hi Heather! Great hub and voted up! I work with dementia and as a trained musician I would like to involve music therapy in my work. Have you any suggestions for activities other than singalongs which I already do?

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      HeatherH104 4 years ago from USA

      I do the same thing James! After a particularly painful thing I experienced once I listened to only one song over and over for 2 months. Unfortunately whenever I hear that song now I associate it with that experience.

      Always enjoy your input, thanks for reading and commenting! Heather

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      Tijani Achamlal 4 years ago from Morocco

      Very interesting. For me, listening to sad songs often has a way of healing a situation. It gets the hurt out in the open into the light, out of the darkness.Voted up

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      HeatherH104 5 years ago from USA

      Thank you for the nice comment and for taking time to read my hub. :)

      There are a lot of wonderful healing benefits to music.

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      Chitrangada Sharan 5 years ago from New Delhi, India

      I completely agree with you that Music is a healer in many ways. I myself have experimented with music therapy, so many times.

      Very nice and interesting hub!

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