A plethora of studies speak to how music travels through neural pathways and activates various sections of the brain. Whether it is a pleasurable melody or engaging rhythm, there is a correlated response that releases endogenous opioids such as dopamine or prolactin into the body.
Given these biological beneﬁts we can understand not only why there is a recognized ﬁeld called music therapy but also its impact.
Wiand conﬁrms the healing aspects of one of the oldest instruments in the world, explaining, “It is being rediscovered by the medical and psychological communities what the spiritual and ancient cultures have known all along, that music and sound do in fact have a signiﬁcant impact on the physical, emotional, and spiritual aspects of the individual”.
While music, possess qualities that promote healing, the concerted use of music for individual and community connection has far-reaching implications.
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