Music soothes the soul. It also makes you dance, makes you sad, helps you think, calms you down, encourages the moods, brings you to a happy place and more. Music has a bigger influence over us than we think. From experience, music has a mental and mood effect, so why not use it as well for healing and pain management? It may not have a scientific connection but it makes sense and it feels right. Below are some health findings on music and its connection to healing . . .
- Foreign health experts recommend the use of music to deliver positive changes in children’s psychological, physical and cognitive development and the improvement of the social functioning of children with health or educational conditions.
- The most extensive account of music in general hospitals appeared during the first half of the 1900s, when health care practitioners used music in conjunction with anesthesia and analgesia.
- Music therapy is used on individuals of all ages for a variety of conditions, which include: psychiatric disorders, medical problems, physical handicaps, sensory impairments, developmental disabilities, substance abuse, communication disorders, interpersonal problems, and aging.
- A theory points to the ability of music to distract a patient from pain, anxiety and stress as it enables the patient to focus on something pleasant and encouraging.
- When soothing music occupies the mind, it somehow allows the patient to ‘escape’ into ‘his or her own world’, also facilitating relaxation for the patient.
Recognizing the Filipinos’ ultimate love for music and the benefits of music in improving health and healing, GlaxoSmithKline Philippines, Inc. (“GSK”) through doctor-recommended Paracetamol (Calpol) initiated the Himig ng Kalinga program to be executed in key hospitals in GMA and Luzon.
The program aims to bring appropriate and familiar nursery rhyme songs to in-hospital pediatric patients that will be performed by the program volunteers. An original song written by well-known song composer, Jimmy Antiporda, entitled “Gagaling Ka Rin” will also be taught to the patients and parents to further uplift the spirits of these hospitalized children.
GSK Philippines, through its doctor-recommended and mom-trusted fever reliever Paracetamol (Calpol), supports the use of music therapy to pave the way for the holistic wellness of every Filipino child.