Everyone knows that listening to music can be calming, a steady rain storm can induce sleep, and white noise can help keep focus at bay. But sound therapy has a long history and is being used as a successful form of therapy in many conditions. Here are 6 facts about sound therapy that are interesting to know:
- Officially, sound therapy was created by Dr. Alfred A. Tomatis, a French ear, nose, and throat doctor that discovered the role that the ear and sound play with our brain and nervous system. Years later, Canadian author, Patricia Joudry developed a program called Sound Therapy for the Walk Man that enabled long term use of sound therapy accessible around the world.
- Sound therapy has been used to treat conditions such as depression, epilepsy, strokes, dementia, schizophrenia, and injury with brain damage. With disorders like these and trauma from injury, the brain needs to find a new way to receive information. Sound therapy helps create new brainwave patterns to help reestablish connections for neuron activity.
- Sound therapy can also be used as an educational tool for children’s auditory systems. Receiving stories and filtered music through earphones helps enhance auditory systems and exercises the ear for sensory integration and auditory processing. It is especially beneficial for children with ADD, ADHD, and autism.
- If you are looking for self-improvement, sound therapy can be the answer. It has been used as an aid in memory, learning, creativity and energy. Sound therapy helps relax the brain and muscles in the body, reducing the clutter in our minds – making it easier to retain information.
- Probably the most popular use of sound therapy is to reduce stress. By using sound therapy as a relaxation technique, you heart rate will lower, your muscles will become less tense, and breathing patterns will naturally follow suit with the nature of your sound therapy. In fact, 3 hours of sound therapy can have the same effect as 2 cups of coffee when stress has you feeling drained.
Sound therapy can be an effective and natural balance to many things. From brain injury to energy, Sound therapy can help build focus, calm stress, teach children, and have an overall positive affect on life.
- soundtherapyinternational.com/v3/history.html Sound Therapy International, 2013
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