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Most people understand the power of music. You can hear a song and it instantly takes you back to a time and place, bringing up a host of emotions. While that alone has power, there are also well-researched therapeutic benefits of music therapy.
So what is music therapy exactly? Simply put, music therapy is the clinical and evidence-based use of music interventions to accomplish individualized goals. Music therapy has been proven to treat trauma, PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder), TBI (Traumatic Brain Injury), anxiety, and depression.
Music allows people to know that it is okay to feel what you are feeling. It provides an outlet to emotions that can otherwise be difficult to release or even tap into. Doing music therapy in a group setting also creates a shared experience that allows group members to bond with one another and create a safe space for healing.
Music therapy has been shown to heal neural pathways in the brain that have been damaged by physical and emotional trauma. It can also increase resilience to future stressors and events. Music therapy has repeatedly been shown to reduce symptoms of trauma and PTSD, such as nightmares, anxiety, avoidance, and irritability. It also has physical benefits. Music therapy has been shown to lower blood pressure, reduce heart rate, and relax muscle tension.
In one study, researchers looked at EEGS to study the brain waves of clients during music therapy. They found that - by looking at brain patterns alone- they could tell the exact moment during the group where emotions shifted from negative to positive. The therapist and client later confirmed what was happening during that moment that caused the shift. While we don’t use EEGs during our sessions, our clients have amazing stories of emotional shifts that have transpired during music therapy.
To learn more about the clinical research of music therapy, visit the American Music Therapy Association.
We offer music therapy multiple times per week in our residential treatment center as we have seen firsthand the healing value it provides. We also offer music therapy in our IOP (Intensive Outpatient Program) so individuals can continue their journey to healing through music even after leaving the residential setting. Additionally, our music therapists are specifically trained and certified in music therapy. That means that our clients get the highest quality experience possible for maximum benefit.
“My experience at Innova Grace was one of the most amazing, healing and beneficial to my being able to live an amazing authentic inspired life. The staff was so willing to go above and beyond to help me believe in life again. I am forever grateful for and a better person for their kindness, patience and care. They changed my life."
-Innova Grace Alumni