Whistle while you work…
We all love to tap our foot or snap our fingers along to our favorite tunes, but did you know listening to music could be doing more for you than just improving mood? Slow, consistent, and soothing sounds like the waves brushing up against the shore can help relax and ease tension from a stressful day whereas faster tempos and sharp, staccato notes can help us power through a workout or clean the house. Music is used within a therapeutic relationship to address physical, emotional, cognitive, and social needs of individuals.
Music stimulates the entire brain in a way that nothing else can. When working with a patient with physical impairment, the rhythm and steady beat of music helps them to complete a motion in a time-ordered manner. This is important because when a patient is able to make a movement occur at a steady rate and evenly, they are usually able to also be more successful in completing the movement. The music also provides motivation for more repetitions. Everyone experiences emotions elicited by music, and music can be a powerful way to explore emotions. Music also serves as a non-threatening way to explore and express emotions and difficult feelings.
For more information or to sign up for any of the groups mentioned, please email Matthew@TherapyPediatric.com.