Music is one of the most amazing things in existence today. From creative songs which help students remember historical facts to the use of music by expecting mothers to move a child to the birthing position; music has a way of benefiting numerous areas of our lives. One area that we overlook is the ability of music to enhance creativity, motor skills and memory. This philosophy is now being used to help rehabilitation efforts for patients with traumatic brain injury.
The Mozart Effect began as a concept developed by Dr. Alfred A. Tomatis, a French researcher, in 1991. His concept stemmed from his personal use of Mozart’s great musical works to develop his hearing ability. He believed that the music improved healing and helped with brain development. In 1993, the results of a study performed by Rauscher, Shaw and Ky was published in the popular natural sciences publication, Nature. These researchers performed a study to exhibit how The Mozart Effect could help with spatial reasoning.
While there is no firm scientific research supporting the benefits of The Mozart Effect, there have been countless studies and there is a strong belief among the medical community that exposure to classical instrumental music improves neurological connections, memory and healing. Traumatic brain injury treatments using The Mozart Effect are used to provide stimulus to the brain. Neuro-pathways in the brain occur based on stimulus. Music has the ability to simulate our minds and our bodies simultaneously. As the notes are processed by the brain, the neurological receptors respond by improving mood, creativity and concentration.
The human brain has the ability to sense emotion based on the way it processes a particular score of music. We see this demonstrated by the soundtracks which are applied to television shows and movies. Background music is what helps us feel more engaged with the characters and have deeper emotion about what is going on between those characters. Music therapy has been widely successful in helping improve brain function. The application of this science to traumatic brain injury is expected to show similar benefits and help promote faster healing for the patient. To learn more about music therapy treatments for traumatic brain injury, contact NeuroRehab Solutions today.