Health Literacy,  Medical Technology,  Psychology

How Music Therapy Can Help Heal the Brain

Girl Playing Guitar. Photo by Gavin Whitner. License: CC BY 2.0.

If you have ever felt that music heals your soul, you might just be right! Music does more than just sounding good to the ears. Research[1] has successfully proven that music can improve the condition of several conditions. Employed in its full potential, one day it might be able to work as a standalone cure to various diseases. The best thing about this therapy is that it has no side effects at all. Here’s all that you need to know about this revolutionary course of treatment.

What is music therapy?

Music therapy is a course of treatment performed by a trained and certified music therapist with the aim to aid patients overcome the impairments of their cognitive, sensory or motor functions. With the help of the right kind of music, the therapy sessions are aimed to manipulate the necessary musical elements in order to help bring about a wide variety emotion in a patient which are designed to propel him or her to achieve the desired physical, communication, cognitive and emotional goals.

What can music therapy treat?

Unlike a particular medicine, music therapy is a versatile treatment. With the help of the various kind of music, a licensed music therapist[2] produces the desired actions in the patient. Music therapy can be used to heal patients who are suffering from mental health issues like depression, PTSD etc., impairment of cognitive or motor faculties due to trauma, brain injury, infection etc., degenerative conditions such as Alzheimer’s disease, dementia etc. It can also be used to treat children with short memory spans, ADHD, trauma etc.

Music therapy can be used to bring about various kinds of benefits in patients. There is no fixed set of music that works universally for every patient. This does pose a challenge but also makes the results extremely effective.

To soothe nerves

Music has a significant soothing impact on the nerves. Therefore, it can be used to effectively help patients who suffer from social anxiety, panic attacks, mania, trauma etc. It can also help children with ADD and ADHD improve their attention and concentration span. It can bring about a desired calming effect and make the treatment of the conditions more effective.

To improve memory and cognition

Music helps in improving concentration, focus and building associations which are responsible for improving memory. These associations also useful in improving cognition. This is particularly useful for geriatric patients suffering from degenerative memory conditions.

To help in overcoming mental health problems

Music is a great way of bringing out emotions that are otherwise difficult to arouse with therapy and treatment. With the help of music therapy, it is actually possible to help a person let go of their repressed pain, trauma, anger or negative emotions and help improve their mental health.

To improve speech functions

Often certain traumas and brain injuries leave a negative impact on the speech centers of the brain, thus affecting its function. Music forms verbal associations in the mind with the rhythm which can help restore speech functions in the patient.

Music therapy is an excellent course of treatment with multiple benefits and absolutely zero side effects. It can be used alongside medication, supplements like Cerebrolysin[3], therapy and other treatments or as a standalone therapy.


  1. Google Books – How Music Heals
  2. Musictherapy – Career in Music Therapy
  3. Pharmacer – Cerebrolysin®

Louise Campos is a social media, content marketing and communications strategist, conducts social media training and workshops and teaches digital strategy in Oregon.

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