Healing with Music
Music isn't just for entertainment anymore.
Scientist are currently working on finding more information on the link between music and your health. Part of this research has resulted in a relatively new career called Music Therapy. Those in the field of Music therapy are discovering that music can be used to "help cancer patients, children with ADD, and others, and even hospitals are beginning to use music and music therapy to help with pain management, to help ward off depression, to promote movement, to calm patients, to ease muscle tension, and for many other benefits that music and music therapy can bring." (http://stress.about.com/od/tensiontamers/a/music_therapy.htm)
The American Music Therapy Association defines Music Therapy as:
"an established healthcare profession that uses music to address physical, emotional, cognitive, and social needs of individuals of all ages. Music therapy improves the quality of life for persons who are well and meets the needs of children and adults with disabilities or illnesses." (http://www.musictherapy.org)
I say this is a relatively new job in the medical field, because the first music therapy degree program in the world wasn't founded until 1944, where it was housed at Michigan State University. Currently there are only about 70 degree programs in the nation. About half of the programs available offer a Master's degree, and it is the only graduate level degree that can be earned in Music Therapy.
I am greatly looking forward to seeing some of the medical advances we as a society can make with Music Therapy once it becomes more widely recognized and implemented as a means of treatment for patients. There's a whole new world of medicine out there, and it all started with a little music.