• Brain injury
  • Autism and other developmental disabilities
  • Emotional trauma
  • Hearing impairments
  • Mental health issues
  • Terminal illness or pain
  • Physical disabilities
  • Speech and language impairments
  • Substance abuse problems
  • Abuse
  • Visual impairments
And just what are the effects of music on the mind and body that make this form of therapy so effective? Brainwaves can resonate with music that has a strong beat. Faster beats translate into sharper concentration and more alert thinking while slower tempos promote a calm, meditative state.

And when brainwaves change, other areas of the body are affected. Music can alter breathing and heart rates, making them slower or faster and, consequently, helping to relieve issues like chronic stress, promote relaxation and improve overall health. Music has also proven to deliver other health benefits, such as lowering blood pressure (which affects the likelihood of stroke and other health issues), boosting immunity, and easing muscle tension.

The implications of Music Therapy for physical and mental rehabilitation place it within an important context in terms of the biological medical model for therapy. It has truly become a viable tool for helping people get (and stay) healthy. With so many benefits and such profound physical effects, it’s no surprise that the future of Music Therapy is quite a promising one.

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