The Utilization of Music in Physical Therapy - Part One

The Utilization of Music in Physical Therapy - Part One
By Mark R. Baldridge, Nuance Crusaders #nuance4health
Tuesday, May 5, 2020

Music has therapeutic properties that help people improve their health, especially when utilized with physical therapy. Brett Sears (Sears, 2020) argues that it does not matter what type of music is utilized. I do agree with Sears, but there has to be criteria by which the music has to correspond to specific tasks and goals they seek to achieve (Vivy, 2012).
For Physical Therapy, vital sign measurement and assessment are important components of the review of systems in a physical therapy examination for individuals with or without documented cardiopulmonary
disease (Frese, 2011). The way my music can accomplish this task, especially for patients with high blood pressure, is that songs with tempos below 100 Beats Per Minute (BPM) can be utilized to stimulate Alpha brain waves. The perfect example of a song below 100 BPM is my composition, Giving, which has a tempo of 72 BPM. However, if you need a patient to accomplish a task with a tempo over 100 BPM will increase Beta brain waves. A perfect example of my composition that fits this criteria is Jelly, which is at 128 BPM.
The way my compositions accomplish this task is by utilizing different instruments at different tempos, which changes the frequency of each song. According to the article "How Frequency and Wavelength Are Related," when the frequency is increased, the wavelength decreases; when frequency decreases, the wavelengths get closer together. Thus, differences in the frequencies change the flow of air around your ear; "the sound is heard because the vibrated air molecules around the instrument vibrate other air molecules. This continues to occur in the air and eventually the air vibrates your ear drum." Thus, the frequencies influence Alpha, Beta, Gamma and Theta brainwaves. (Nuance Crusaders by Mark R. Baldridge, 2019).

Brainwave Power Music. (06/09/2015). Be Better With Beta: The Benefits Of
Beta Waves,

Ethel M. Frese, PT, DPT, MHS, CCS; 1 Ann Fick, PT, DPT, MS, CCS;2H. Steven
Sadowsky, PT, RRT, MS, CCS3 (June 2011) Blood Pressure Measurement Guidelines for Physical Therapists Cardiopulmonary Physical Therapy Journal, Vol. 22, No. 2

How Frequency and Wavelength Are Related, Unit 4: Waves, Sound, and Light. ebooks/sci sc 8/accessibility/sci sc 8/page 450.pdf


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