Have you ever been to a veterinarians office and noticed that they were playing classical music? How about the dentists office? Remember that elevator ride and the boring classical music? Or worse, when you called a company to complain and you were put on hold (for a seemingly eternity) and they had classical music playing? Have you ever wondered why they are playing classical music?
Playing soothing soft classical music eases the spirit and calms the soul. Or is that calms the spirit and eases the soul? Whichever way you look at it, there is a purpose. Its to calm you down (or the animals in the case of the Veterinary clinic).
Per Studies in Science Daily, (May 24, 2006) – “Listening to music can reduce chronic pain by up to 21 per cent and depression by up to 25 per cent, according to a paper in the latest UK-based Journal of Advanced Nursing”.
Music is being used in many therapeutic clinics these days. Pain management clinics are utilizing soft soothing classical music in an effort to reduce pain medications on certain arthritic patients and patients with chronic pain disorders. Perhaps it is the distraction or the ease of listening but the theory is that playing soothing music helps patients to maintain control of their pain and thus live longer and more productive lives.
Students with Autism are being introduced to soft classical music as a way to help them connect to the real world. Children in day cares and other settings are also being introduced to the soothing properties of classical music.
Music and guided imagery through music are not new to the medical profession, in fact they have been used for many many years. More and more patients are finding ways to control their pain and even anxiety through the use of soothing music and imagery.
An hour per day is the suggested minimum for the music to be effective as a form of treatment. The more severe the condition (pain, anxiety, autism etc.), the longer it is suggested to listen to the music and picture yourself in a well state of being.
Certainly the animals in the veterinary clinic do not know that they are being treated through music, but the soothing sounds ease their minds and give them a peace that keeps them calmer and more at ease. Thus easing the care givers case load. The music also soothes their pain and reduces the amount of pain medications even the pets need to take.
Music is also a great treatment for depression and other disorders caused by chronic pain or other mental health conditions.
After a hard day at the office, do you crank the tunes as you drive home? Does it drown out your day? Does it relax you?
Next time you are thinking of how boring that classical music when you are on hold or in the dentist or doctors office is, think instead about the effects of music on your life each day and allow yourself a moment to relax.