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Can Music Therapy Help You Optimize Your Health?

April 7, 2022
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Team NutriSense

What connects author Jodi Picoult, actor J.K. Simmons and musicians Ben Folds and Mickey Hart? They’re all supporters of or associated with music therapy! So, can this celeb-approved form of therapy really help, or is it just a fad? And what even is music therapy?

Music therapy services are gaining popularity, and research suggests they can improve overall wellness for anyone who wants to optimize their health. They’re also a common form of therapy in nursing homes. They are used to improve the quality of life for patients with certain health conditions. Take a look at what music therapy is and how it may be able to benefit you.

What is Music Therapy?

two girls making music

Music therapy is a therapeutic practice where a board-certified music therapist uses music to address various physical and mental health conditions. For example, studies have shown that music can slow the production of the stress hormone cortisol. It also may help increase the production of antibodies and killer cells that protect the human body from viruses and infection and boost the immune system.

Using music as therapy has been around for centuries but only emerged as a profession in the 20th century. And no, it doesn’t require you to have any musical skills!

According to the American Music Therapy Association, VA hospitals hired musicians to assist in treating injured veterans during World War II. In the 1940s, music therapy was introduced to the official curricula of colleges across the United States.

Currently, there are more than 9,000 board-certified music therapists. When it comes to music therapy, no specific type of music is seen as more beneficial than another. You can use all kinds of music according to your preferences and therapeutic goals.

A Certified Form of Therapy

two people meditating

People who participate in music therapy engage with music in several different ways to address mental and physical health conditions. It can include songwriting and performing music, musical improvisation, singing, receptive listening to music, musical and lyrical discussion, and music and imagery.

A board-certified music therapist conducts the therapy in individual or group settings. Music therapy is used for numerous conditions, including Alzheimer’s disease, soothing and lowering the heart rate of preterm infants, and treating depression and anxiety, among many others. 

Several organizations have music therapy programs and certified therapists you can visit for sessions. One of the largest professional associations of music therapists is The American Music Therapy Association. It was founded in 1998, with over 5,000 members worldwide. They have several musical therapists and pioneer research on the effectiveness of music as a therapeutic tool and encourage an evidence-informed practice of music therapy.

Wondering what ‘certified’ means when it comes to music therapy? A certified music therapist holds a bachelor’s degree or higher from an American Music Therapy Association-approved college or university. Aside from coursework, the music therapy degree requires 1200 hours of clinical training.

Upon completion of their degree, music therapists must pass the MT-BC exam, which stands for Music Therapist-Board Certified. After passing the test, a certification is valid for five years. To be re-certified after five years, therapists must submit 100 credits of continuing education in music therapy.

How is Music Therapy Conducted?

a girl doing a relaxing session

Because music therapy can address such a wide variety of conditions, there is no one-size-fits-all music therapy session. Sessions are conducted by board-certified music therapists and can include listening to music, talking about and analyzing music, and playing or writing music.

A patient works with the therapist to establish goals, then the therapist assesses the patients’ needs and determines their approach. There are numerous music therapy methods and how a session is conducted depends on the method.

Individual or group sessions with a music therapist can occur in clinics, hospitals, drug and alcohol detoxification centers, senior living facilities like nursing homes, physical rehabilitation centers, private offices, and correctional facilities. 

The Types of Musical Therapy

two people playing bongo

Music therapy may not be part of the traditional healthcare landscape (yet), but several types and forms are already in practice. There are several approaches to practicing music therapy, including:

Aesthetic Music Therapy: This method is a music-centered approach. It focuses on an understanding of musical structures and composition and emphasizes an engagement with the process of creating music. In this practice, a clinical music therapist and client compose and improvise pieces of music. 

Anthroposophical Music Therapy: This model focuses on the therapeutic benefits of specific musical scales, tones, and musical instruments, like the lyre. 

Bonney Method of Guided Imagery and Music: This method involves listening to a piece of music chosen by a therapist and processing the memories, emotions, and images that arose while listening to the music. 

Cognitive-Behavioral Music Therapy: In this method, which adopts the principles of cognitive-behavioral therapy, music is used to identify and modify behavioral patterns. 

Community Music Therapy: This method emphasizes musical participation between group members and therapists in an inclusive, collaborative, and communal environment.

Developmental Music Therapy: Designed for individuals with developmental disabilities, this method uses music to help develop your sense of self, others, and the environment. It also focuses on establishing an attentive, reciprocal relationship between therapist and client. 

Neurological Music Therapy: This approach is concerned with the effect of music on non-musical parts of the brain and music’s ability to train or re-train brain and behavior functions. It can help with the treatment and management of neurological diseases and disorders. 

Nordoff-Robbins Music Therapy: In this method, you have an active role in creating music itself. The idea here is that making music enables emotional and cognitive development and self-expression. 

Psychodynamic Music Therapy: Psychodynamic music therapy is founded on the principles of psychoanalysis. It focuses on music’s ability to make you aware of your emotional state and communicate it through musical performance. It's most helpful in a mental health context.

Vocal Psychotherapy: This method centers around using your voice—it’s about using singing as a therapeutic process. It also incorporates the therapeutic benefits of deep breathing, encourages an awareness of the body through breath, and provides an outlet for emotions through vocal expression. 

Some Potential Benefits of Music Therapy

someone playing piano

Music therapy can be helpful for a wide range of mental and physical health conditions. It can be beneficial to people of all ages with all levels of musical experience.

Music therapy is not intended to take the place of other medical and mental health treatments but is most effective when used in conjunction with appropriate treatments for your condition. It’s a good idea to speak with a doctor or therapist so you can decide whether music therapy will be an effective treatment for you.

Music Therapy and Addiction Treatment

a girl listening to music

Music therapy is often part of the treatment for substance use disorders and addiction recovery. In this context, music therapy can assist in establishing motivation for sobriety and a connection to the self while facilitating the processing of past experiences and enabling mood regulation.

Studies have also shown that making and listening to music can activate similar pathways as many commonly abused substances. While these results are promising, research on the effect of music therapy on addiction treatment is still ongoing.

Music Therapy and Anxiety

someone listening to music

There is a lot of research that suggests that music therapy can be beneficial for treating anxiety. Studies have shown that music therapy can reduce the stress hormone cortisol and regulate mood, particularly when combined with other treatments.

It may also effectively lower anxiety in cancer patients undergoing radiation treatment. 

Music Therapy and Autism

a music teacher instructing a boy

Several studies suggest music therapy is beneficial to individuals with autism. According to research, music therapy can help improve social interaction. It can also improve verbal and non-verbal communication skills, initiating behavior, and social adaptation skills in people with Autism Spectrum Disorder.

Music Therapy and Blood Glucose

putting a record on a record player

Research suggests that music can affect cortisol levels in the blood, affecting blood glucose. A study on elderly diabetes patients found that music therapy resulted in increased adherence to exercise regimens and improved blood circulation in their lower extremities when combined with exercises meant to control blood glucose levels. 

Music Therapy and Chronic Pain

someone listening to music

When combined with other medical interventions, music therapy can be an effective treatment for relieving both acute and chronic pain.

Studies have shown a significant decrease in self-reported pain in palliative care patients, in children undergoing medical procedures, and in patients undergoing treatment for burns. 

Music Therapy and Memory Disorders

someone playing guitar

Several studies have shown that music therapy can significantly improve memory, orientation, anxiety, agitation, and language disorders in individuals with Alzheimer’s disease.

Others confirm its potential for reducing cognitive decline, executive function, and motor skills in Alzheimer’s patients.

According to the American Music Therapy Association, musical memory can be accessed in several different parts of the brain, making it accessible even in the late stages of memory disorders. It can also stimulate parts of the brain that would otherwise remain inactive, resulting in a loss of function.

While music therapy won’t reverse cognitive function loss, it can improve what function is still there. 

Music Therapy and Mental Health

someone playing guitar

Studies show that when combined with other interventions, music therapy can alleviate symptoms of depression, improve mental health conditions like depression, and decrease anxiety levels.

Music therapy, particularly group music therapy, has the potential to facilitate the building of meaningful relationships and help with specific social needs. For example, it can decrease the feeling of social isolation that can be associated with mental illnesses like depression and anxiety.

Music Therapy and Physical Rehabilitation

someone listening to music

Studies have found that music therapy can enhance physical, psychological, cognitive, and emotional function during physical rehabilitation. Music therapy was also shown to increase motivation during physical rehabilitation sessions.

Music Therapy and Sleep Disorders

someone listening to music and laying down

Some research suggests that music therapy interventions can help people with sleep disorders. Music may improve sleep quality in patients with acute and chronic sleep disorders and increase comfort and self-esteem. It can also decrease anxiety, which has adverse effects on sleep quality. 

How to Get Started With Music Therapy

someone playing an instrument

Talk to your doctor or therapist to find out if music therapy is an effective treatment for you. If you want to explore the potential therapeutic effects of music on your own time, a fun way to start could be by exploring the wide variety of music therapy and soundscape applications available for your smartphone.

However, because music therapy is a clinical practice, it is most effective when practiced with a board-certified music therapist. Forming a therapeutic relationship with someone who knows the ins and outs of how this form of therapy works can be beneficial. The American Music Therapy Association has a database that can help connect you with licensed music therapists in your area.

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Menopause can be a difficult journey, so we've compiled some of the most effective, science backed tips to help you with menopause-related weight gain.

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Help Dad Stay Healthy this Father's Day
Help Dad Stay Healthy this Father's Day

Father’s Day is around the corner, and whether you’re celebrating your dad, a father figure, or another cherished loved one, helping them take care of their health can be the ultimate gift.

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11 Great Low-Carb Snacks to Add to Your Diet [+ 5 Recipes our Dietitians Love]
11 Great Low-Carb Snacks to Add to Your Diet [+ 5 Recipes our Dietitians Love]

Here's a helpful list of some of our favorite low-carb snacks that can help you keep your diet varied and full of healthy nutrients.

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Low Glycemic Index Recipe Ideas Everyone Will Enjoy
Low Glycemic Index Recipe Ideas Everyone Will Enjoy

Whether you're looking for low GI summer snacks or healthy sweet treats, this post has got you covered. Here are tasty low glycemic index recipes everyone will enjoy!

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Do Grapes Raise Blood Sugar Levels?
Do Grapes Raise Blood Sugar Levels?

Wondering if grapes are safe for people with diabetes to include in their diet? Read on to find out.

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The Relationship Between Cholesterol and Blood Sugar
The Relationship Between Cholesterol and Blood Sugar

Cholesterol plays a very important role in the human body, contributing to the structure of the cells, helping with vitamin D synthesis, and also promoting the production of steroid and sex hormones, like cortisol, aldosterone, testosterone, and estrogen. But how exactly is cholesterol connected to blood glucose levels?

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20 Questions to Ask Your CGM Provider (with Kara Collier)
20 Questions to Ask Your CGM Provider (with Kara Collier)

We sat down with Kara Collier, our co-founder and VP of Health here at NutriSense, to take a closer look at how CGMs work and what you need to know about these devices before using one.

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Are Carbs and Sugar the Same? 
Are Carbs and Sugar the Same? 

Are carbs and sugar the same? In this post, we break down the key differences between the two and share the benefits of complex carbohydrates.

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Best Recovery Breakfasts to Beat Post-Workout DOMS
Best Recovery Breakfasts to Beat Post-Workout DOMS

Read on to learn more about DOMS, how long it can last, and then pick from our list of the best breakfasts to help beat that post-workout soreness, support muscle building, and encourage fat loss.

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7 Plant-Derived Supplements to Help Lower Blood Sugar
7 Plant-Derived Supplements to Help Lower Blood Sugar

When it comes to lowering blood sugar levels, not all supplements are created equal. From ginseng to aloe vera, here are some of the best supplements to help avoid high blood sugar and encourage blood sugar control.

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Is Bloating After Surgery Normal?
Is Bloating After Surgery Normal?

Bloating that results from a surgery can sometimes be an unexpected part of the recovery process. Is there anything you can do to reduce bloating or prevent it from happening? And what causes this bloating anyway? Read on to find the answer to these questions and much more to help you combat your post-surgery swelling. 

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Is Fiber a Carb? 
Is Fiber a Carb? 

Learn why fiber is classified as a carb and how to increase your intake of this health promoting nutrient.

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Living with Autoimmune Conditions: Parkinson’s Disease 
Living with Autoimmune Conditions: Parkinson’s Disease 

Did you know Parkinson’s disease is the second most common neurodegenerative disease? Read on to learn what it's like living with PD plus discover treatment options.

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An Expert Breaks Down 11 Viral Health Trends
An Expert Breaks Down 11 Viral Health Trends

From rosemary water to dry scooping, should you be trying every new trend that hits TikTok? How can you tell which ones may help and which ones to steer clear of?

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Does Eating Too Much Sugar Affect Your Skin?
Does Eating Too Much Sugar Affect Your Skin?

As great as sugar tastes, including too much of it in your diet can lead to certain health problems. Read on to learn more about the role sugar plays in keeping your skin healthy.

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14 Health and Nutrition Podcasts Recommended by Dietitians
14 Health and Nutrition Podcasts Recommended by Dietitians

Read on to see which podcasts our dietitians recommend if you’re interested in learning more about nutrition and health.

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Does Nicotine Affect Blood Glucose?
Does Nicotine Affect Blood Glucose?

Nicotine is a chemical in tobacco that can affect your health in various ways. Read our article to learn how it impacts blood sugar levels and insulin sensitivity.

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Why Everyone, Including Healthy People Should Use CGMs
Why Everyone, Including Healthy People Should Use CGMs

CGMs are now an excellent tool for anyone who wants to optimize their metabolic health. Read on to find out more about the benefits CGMs can have for healthy people!

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Why Do People Need to Lose Weight Before Bariatric Surgery?
Why Do People Need to Lose Weight Before Bariatric Surgery?

Although bariatric surgery can be an effective way to lose weight and improve health for people who are obese, it’s a major decision. Find out what lifestyle changes you need to make before going under the knife.

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NutriSense Dietitians Recommend: Favorite Grilling Recipes
NutriSense Dietitians Recommend: Favorite Grilling Recipes

Excited to fire up the grill this summer? Read on to learn if grilling is healthy for you plus check out the NutriSense Nutrition Team's favorite grilling recipes for the season.

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How a Healthy Gut Improves Blood Sugar
How a Healthy Gut Improves Blood Sugar

Did you know that your gut health can impact your blood glucose levels? Explore ways to improve your gut health for optimal glucose levels.

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Living With Autoimmune Conditions: Rheumatoid Arthritis
Living With Autoimmune Conditions: Rheumatoid Arthritis

Rheumatoid arthritis is a chronic inflammatory autoimmune disease that can cause swelling and joint pain. Learn more about how it develops and how other health conditions affect its onset.

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13 Best Weight Loss Apps to Consider
13 Best Weight Loss Apps to Consider

We’ve hand-picked the best weight loss apps available. Here are the thirteen best weight loss apps.

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What is Red Light Therapy?
What is Red Light Therapy?

An emerging treatment, red light therapy promises to prevent and treat the signs of aging and other skin issues. Read on to find out more.

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Diets People are Most Likely to Give Up On [+Tips to Stick with Them]
Diets People are Most Likely to Give Up On [+Tips to Stick with Them]

Struggling to stick with a health-promoting diet? Here’s how to make it enjoyable so you can reap the benefits.

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Kara Collier on Optimal Health Through Blood Sugar Regulation
Kara Collier on Optimal Health Through Blood Sugar Regulation

VP of Health and co-founder of NutriSense Kara Collier discusses reaching optimal health through blood sugar regulation, what a continuous glucose monitor is, and who might benefit from using it.

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How to Turn Your Idea into a 120 Person Team with Dan Zavorotny
How to Turn Your Idea into a 120 Person Team with Dan Zavorotny

In this episode of Zero to CEO, Jason Sherman talks to Dan Zavorotny about how to turn your idea into a 120 person team in 2.5 years.

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A Breakdown of Body Mass Index (BMI)
A Breakdown of Body Mass Index (BMI)

Body mass index is a term you may have seen tossed around quite a bit in the health world. You may know that it’s a way to measure body fat, but with so many new tests for measuring overall fitness and health, is BMI still reliable?

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Glucose-Friendly Recipes to Enjoy This Memorial Day
Glucose-Friendly Recipes to Enjoy This Memorial Day

If you're watching your glucose levels, traditional BBQ staples may not be the best choice. Here are some recipes that will help you enjoy a Memorial Day meal without a blood sugar spike.

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Taking Mental Health Online: Tips & Tools for Self-Care
Taking Mental Health Online: Tips & Tools for Self-Care

Mental health has a significant impact on your overall health; here are tips, tools, and apps to improve your mental wellbeing.

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Can You Check Your Blood Sugar at Home Without a Meter
Can You Check Your Blood Sugar at Home Without a Meter

Living with diabetes can be a challenge, especially when it comes to keeping your blood sugar levels regulated. Learn if you can check your blood sugar at home without a meter.

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NutriSense Dietitians Recommend: Best Sunscreen for all Skin Types
NutriSense Dietitians Recommend: Best Sunscreen for all Skin Types

With summer right around the corner, it’s time to make sure you have the tools you need to protect yourself from sunburn and sun damage. But how do you choose the right one for adequate sun protection?

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Japanese Water Therapy & Weight Loss: What’s the Deal? 
Japanese Water Therapy & Weight Loss: What’s the Deal? 

Learn how Japanese water therapy can help with weight loss, energy levels, and detoxification.