Each illness has a musical solution. The shorter and more complete the solution, the greater the musical talent of the physician ~ (Georg P F Freiherr – romantic poet)
Sound is an extremely powerful tool for healing and from the dawn of civilization music has been used to facilitate and promote wellbeing. Throughout history there are many stories that share with us the value music has as a therapeutic tool.
In the Bible we can read how Saul, who from the description of his malaise, suffered from what we now call major depression, was healed by the harp of David. And in the temple mystery schools of Ancient Egypt healing and sound were considered a highly developed sacred science, thus their priests and physicians were trained as musicians too.
Modern day music therapy is an established clinical discipline which is widely used to help people whose lives have been affected by injury, illness or disability.
This video gives a fascinating insight into how music is being used successfully to help patients overcome and recover from a wide range of problems and illnesses.
You will see how it brings about positive changes in behavior and emotional well-being, as well as assisting with pain control and memory enhancement in dementia patients.
Music work cannot be said to cure an illness or disability however as it so deeply affects our bodies, minds and feelings – and in doing so it changes the way we move, feel and think – it brings a wide range of cognitive, emotional, physical and social benefits and provides strategies for helping a person to cope with their difficulties.