5 Healing Benefits of Music Therapy

Ever find yourself not knowing how to express your emotions? Or do you often feel down? Perhaps what you need is music therapy – the use of music as a medium for therapy. The healing benefits of music therapy can be for anyone of any age, as music is simply part of our everyday life.

From your kids playing with their smartphones and the ringing of your alarm clock to the sound of your keys jingling – music is everywhere. This is exactly why music is the perfect tool to connect with people around us.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1. Improves Health For The Elderly

There are numerous benefits of music therapy for your loved ones. If you have an elderly at home, music therapy can be the perfect fit for them. As the elderly age, they might start to suffer from poor body coordination. Music therapy can help them focus and improve on certain things such as hand-eye coordination, which encourages forms of movement in their body.

According to a news story on Today’s Geriatric Medicine, music therapy with the elderly can help rekindle positive thoughts and shift their mind-set away from boredom and aging issues.

2. Improves Your Mental State Of Mind

If you are constantly feeling down in the dumps, music therapy can help soothe you. Being able to express yourself through a different platform may be exactly what you or your loved ones need. Hearing the music that you and your therapist create can put you in a better mental state.

Multiple types of research have shown that musical interventions can naturally improve your anxiety and stress levels. Also, these sessions are helpful for patients recovering from schizophrenia, depression, and even Parkinson’s disease.

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3. Contributes To Your Child’s Development

Did you know that music therapy can also contribute to your child’s long-term development? Through music, your child can develop their communication skills and body awareness as they grow.

Several studies have pointed out that a medium for your child to express themselves and communicate before they are able to talk benefits them greatly. Even simple things such as repeating songs for a toddler can help improve their ability to memorize things at an early age.

A study done by the National Library of Health has also shown that music therapy produces positive results when dealing with children or teenagers suffering from autism or behavioural issues. Patients who underwent the process had significant improvements in their body awareness, social behaviour, and mental development.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4. Encompasses Numerous Therapy Aspects

Music therapy is actually a form of therapy that encompasses several domains of other therapies. When you try out music therapy, you will eventually realize that it shares some elements from others such as physiotherapy, occupational therapy, psychological exercises, and even educational goals. Within a single therapy session, several domains can be covered at one go.

An online article has revealed on how music therapy has numerous benefits which cover several therapy aspects. Music therapy is rumoured to even take away your pain levels and increase your immunity by promoting the levels of natural antibodies in your bloodstream. The music that you hear during your therapy sessions invoke positive emotions, controlling your hormone levels. This ultimately improves your immune system, reducing pain in your body.

5. Improves Cognitive Skills

Music therapy can also improve a person’s cognitive skills, based on a research done by Dr. Mary Williams from Indigo Medical Training.

Music therapy can be used to improve a person’s ability of speech, memory, and physical balance. How this works is that by using music, it generates certain brain waves, which is the equivalent of mental exercise. Your mind eventually becomes sharper and focused when exposed to these waves.

You’re probably still wondering if you should try out music therapy, even after reading this article. If you’re not mentally ill, but simply just facing personal difficulties, music therapy may just be the perfect intervention for you. Age doesn’t matter if it comes to bettering your mental health. So go ahead, give it a try and lose yourself to the beat!

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Written by Nadiah Rafhanah

When she’s not watching every show on Netflix or interning at CaregiverAsia, Nadiah enjoys taking photos of people and sceneries. She finds joy in doing things spontaneously and turning every day into a fun day.

5 Reasons Why Men Need Therapy | CaregiverAsia

When it comes to emotional distress, the solution for most men would not be therapy, but rather to either suck it up, talk to their buddies or kick back a bottle of beer. From a male’s point of view, seeking help from a third party, beyond their very intimate circle, for their stressful feelings are often perceived as a sign of weakness.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Under the tough guy exterior, however, a man’s cry for help is just as big as everyone else. There’s so much negativity that one person can endure without eventually suffering from a meltdown. Thus, here are five reasons why therapy can help men in dealing with their social issues.

1. Better Mental Wellness

The main reason why people seek out therapy services is because they’d like to resolve mental issues or conditions that’s been causing them stress. From counselling, art and music therapy, there are multitude of ways whereby a person can improve their mental wellness with the help of professionals in different ways.

Should you find yourself constantly upset over the simplest things, or if your family and friends notice a change of behaviour, it would probably be best to seek help from a therapist to identify your issues. Keeping your mental issues to yourself, despite how “manly” it may seem, will worsen overtime and cause further complications in the long run.

2. Unresolved Issues

Are there any disputes with your wife that you’ve chosen to ignore throughout the course of your marriage? Or perhaps you’ve recently gotten into a heated argument with your parents that you can’t seem to shake off? It’s these sort of trouble that, if left unattended, will eventually grow into something that’s much harder to resolve.

A therapist will not only be able to approach and help you pinpoint these unresolved issues that’s been causing you much worry, but by working together with them throughout the sessions, they might even be able to bring these conflicting emotions to rest for good.

3. Healthier Alternatives To Antidepressants

You may be keen on skipping the substantial therapist fee and opting for cheaper antidepressant medications to keep your sanity in line. Prescribed by doctors to treat depression and other mental illnesses, it also can serve as a temporary way to ward off the stresses of daily living. Besides, you might only be treating the symptoms but not the cause.

However, with constant usage, these medications will eventually cause more harm than good. According to an article by Health Magazine, antidepressants are found to have significant long-term side effects, including poor bone health, mental disorders and sexual health problems.

For a healthier alternative to antidepressants, a therapist can help and advise you on your troubles without the possible adverse health consequences in tow.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4. A Chance To Open Up

Always felt like you simply needed an avenue to pour out your daily hardships without any judgement? It’s not embarrassing to seek help instead of bottling up your emotions and trying to get by in your daily life. In fact, popular figures like Prince Harry and Lady Gaga have emphasized the need of opening up your mental issues to someone who can help you.

Once you’re ready to share your problems, opening up to anyone close to you, such as your spouse, family or close friends, would usually the next step. However, if you can’t comfortably open up to anyone in your inner circle, a therapist will be more than happy to provide a professional yet compassionate ear to your woes.

5. Plan For Your Next Steps

Once you’ve identified that you’re struggling with your emotions, what’s next? What would be the best course of action to resolve the issue on hand? Are you sure it’s a temporary mood swing due to pressure at work or home, or perhaps a more permanent underlying issue?

Fret not, as a therapist would usually be the best equipped to help you plan out your recovery plan. By listening to your stories and feelings, they’ll be able to assess your current state of mind and advise you on the next steps that you should take. And should they feel that you’re in need of medical intervention, they’ll be sure to inform you on the matter!

Have we convinced you on why you should reconsider therapy? There are many advantages to attending these sessions, whether it’s to resolve an issue in your marriage or to simply have a listening ear to your problems without the judgement. Don’t let the judging perspectives of other people scare you away from much-needed help.

If you’re looking for professional therapy services for your own issue, there are counsellors right here at CaregiverAsia that can help you out!

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Written by Teo Youliang Hakim

A CaregiverAsia writer, Hakim loves nothing better than to spruce up informative content for the readers, especially if it helps to make the world a better place. Other than that, he also enjoys the occasional chocolate chip cookie or catching reruns of F.R.I.E.N.D.S on the telly!

5 Things to Know About a Chiropractor

What are Chiropractors and what do they do? We have all seen the videos online and heard from friends and or family members visiting Chiropractors. All we understand from watching the videos and hearing the stories is that these Chiropractors twist and turn your body resulting in loud cracks and pops. Here is your chance to understand more about Chiropractors and the doctors who practice it.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1. What is a Chiropractor and How Can They Help Me?

A Chiropractor is a doctor that specializes in Chiropractic care. Chiropractic care is the treatment that focuses your muscles, bones and joints and how they would affect your health. The reasons that people go to a Chiropractor are for pains in the neck, shoulder, back, joints, headaches and even nerve problems. Over a period, the daily wear and tear will place stress on the problem areas mentioned above and visit a Chiropractor can help ease a lot of the problems.

2. Can I Trust a Chiropractor?

In Singapore, we have what’s called “The Chiropractic Association”, and they have a high set of standards of professionalism for the chiropractic profession in Singapore. Chiropractic is not regulated by MOH and is considered self-regulating. As such, TCA (S) has worked with experts on self-regulation for chiropractors and has developed and adopted a Self-Regulation Document that sets down a code of ethics, practice guidelines, and a code of advertising guidelines consistent with those of professional regulatory bodies internationally. You can find out more about TCA at chiropractic.org.sg.

3. What can a Chiropractor Do?

A chiropractor can evaluate, diagnose and treat a range of conditions of your spine, joints, muscles as well as those related to your nervous system. The most common problems that people go to a chiropractic clinic for include pain in the neck, shoulder, and back, headaches, problems in joints and issues with nerves in the arms and legs.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4. When Should I Visit a Chiropractor?

The wear and tear of life put stress on our spine, joints and muscles. This stress can manifest in some ways, which are signs you need chiropractic care. Here are some examples of the conditions you might want to look out for:

  • Prolonged pain in your muscles or joints.
  • Regular headachess.
  • A recent accident followed by pain in any area.
  • Limited range of motion.
  • Arthritis diagnosis.
  • Carpal tunnel symptoms.
  • Chronic fatigue syndrome or fibromyalgia.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

5. What Should I Expect on My First Visit?

Your chiropractor will ask about your problem and do a physical exam at the start of your visit. The chiropractor may order some laboratory tests or an X-ray. The chiropractor might send you to a different doctor if your problem is not right for chiropractic treatment. If spinal manipulation might help, you may get treatment in the office at your first visit. You may need to return for more treatments. Your condition will determine how many treatments you need. Be sure to ask how many visits you should expect.

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Written by Darren Tan

When he is not writing, Darren is usually saving the world from virtual baddies. Music, gaming, and design makes him a happy man. And food, always food.

How Chiropractic Can Benefit You

Experiencing joint pains or muscles aches? Try seeking help from a chiropractor. You don’t necessarily have to be injured for you to seek chiropractic help. In fact, seeking help from a chiropractor is a great way to protect your body from injuries. Through chiropractic therapy, you can give your body the right treatment it deserves.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Shao Ting started experiencing severe backaches at the age of 20. Her backaches led her to go for regular chiropractic adjustments. Through her sessions, she learned to be more conscious of her own posture. She now goes about her daily life with more ease after learning how to take proper care of her body. “Dr. Judy’s adjustments and tips on improving my spinal health have benefitted me,” she commented.

Shao Ting felt the best takeaway from her chiropractic visits is learning about the importance and health benefits of good body posture. She realized how a good posture can improve one’s physical welfare. Even if you’re not in pain or discomfort, it is always a good idea to get yourself checked out to keep your back and spine healthy.

Chiropractic doesn’t just alleviate acute pains. It also helps ease muscle aches. Sabrina Tan, 33, decided to seek chiropractic help due to numerous body pains and headache. And felt a significant difference after only a few sessions! The chiropractic therapies have a calming effect on her, which made her muscles and body less tense. “After my first couple of chiropractic treatments, I found that my digestion started to improve, and my headaches were becoming infrequent,” Sabrina explained.

 

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Sabrina also found that her sleep pattern has become regular. A few sessions in and she no longer felt the severity of her neck, shoulder and back pains. Her body felt relaxed and healthy.

In saying this, chiropractic treatments don’t work wonders overnight. Acquiring a healthy spine may take time. But, you will feel the noticeable changes such as better sleep and a healthier body from regular chiro therapies, according to Sabrina.

“There is a world of difference! I think everyone should give it a shot,” Sabrina suggested.

So go ahead and give chiropractic a try. It is a painless and relaxing session that can be beneficial to you.

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Written by Nadiah Rafhanah

When she’s not watching every show on Netflix or interning at CaregiverAsia, Nadiah enjoys taking photos of people and sceneries. She finds joy in doing things spontaneously and turning every day into a fun day.