Music does not only evoke emotional responses to relax or stimulate the mind and soul, but also helps people heal and boost their overall well-being. While technically not a pill, surgical procedure, or any other form of medical treatment, music is believed to have its own unique healing powers. More on this from Wreg.com:
You’ve heard the old saying music is good for the soul.
Now one local hospital is using it to help their patients heal.
In January, Methodist Germantown Hospital began a music therapy program where local musicians play in the hallways, the lobby and even in the patients’ rooms.
Studies suggests music therapy not only helps patients, but their family members and even hospital staff as well.
Patients said the music definitely makes them feel better.
“I loved it . I`m a firm believer in music. I played the piano and organ for many years of my life and I believe it`s a holistic approach to healing because music touches your soul. Some places medicine can`t go music can go,” said Kathy Tuberville.
“It helps to calms them down and reduces levels of stress and anxiety,” said Dr. Joseph Sturdivant. “It may even help decrease the levels of the stress hormone cordezal which can help improve healing and wound care.”
The music therapy program was made possible by a $12,000 grant from the Methodist Women’s Auxiliary.
The hospital is looking for additional funds to continue the program.