We’ve all heard the idiom, “Music is good for the soul.” But, according to the evidence, it’s good for your health as well.
Before we go any further, what is music therapy anyway? Music therapy is a service delivered by caregivers in hospitals, long-term care facilities and even outpatient clinics. The goal is to improve people’s health through music experiences such as free improvisation, singing, and listening to, discussing, and moving to music.
Here’s a rundown of the most recent evidence on music therapy:
The bottom line: There is plenty of evidence to show that music therapy used in health care settings can help calm patients. And given there are no negative side effects associated with music listening, it’s certainly a treatment worth trying.