Our never ending search for better health and new medications to treat some of the most deadly diseases
and with technology often have us overlook the most effective solutions for healing.
There are many different ways to deal with diseases caused by stressing the body than just taking pills.
Mother Teresa proved that caring about people often did more than any medicine. One of the most effective musical instruments for music therapy is the harp. In the U.S. & Canada, the harp has been used as one of the primary
measures in pain management… Why?
To understand better how it works.. learn more about how
we feel pain..
There are several factors or stages that cause us to feel pain.
1. Stimulus: this can be either: an external or an internal source depending
on the condition,
2. Transmission, our nerves are scattered
across our body which send impulses to the brain for interpretation
including pain perception. Pain perception and our individual tolerance for different types of pain give us a "pain threshold."
One non-pharmacological (non-drug) pain management technique is to use diversional
activities to block the perception of pain. This tricks the brain by focusing
its attention on something else so that it by passes the pain impulse. Listening to
the harp has been proven to be one of the best of these activities. Many studies have shown that the relaxation levels produced by listening to live harp music will also lower blood pressure too.
Benefits of Harp Therapy
Harp therapy had long been used to promote healing and holistic
well being. Often times, harp therapy is mistaken as palliative care only.
However, major benefits and health issues can be resolved in minutes of
listening to the instrument.
Helps in blood pressure reduction
Promotes the release of endorphins
Increases oxygen circulation
Decreases the level of pain
Stabilizes vital signs
Decreases the level of anxiety
Eases depression and promotes expression of
Serves as diversion for pain
Promotes comfort and well-being through relation
Helps promote positive outlook in life and for
Promotes social contact
Provides a feeling of being special
Harp is considered to be one of the best instrumental therapies
as the instrument’s vibration can reach up to the cellular level and vibrates
the entire body.
“It is possible to decrease sedative requirements during surgery under spinal
anesthesia by allowing patients to listen to music to reduce their anxiety.”
-Dr. Caroline Lepage,
Mainoneuve-Rosemont Hospital, Montreal
“Half an hour of music produced the same effect as ten
milligrams of valium.”
-Dr. Raymond Bahr, St. Agnes