Christopher Nolan, the guy who brought us the “dark knight trilogy” also brought us one of the highest rated movies of all time back in 2000 “memento” memento is a story about Leonard (guy Pearce) a man who has an untreatable form of memory loss. The issue is Leonard can’t remember what happened fifteen minutes ago, so he tries to remember things by getting tattoos. It’s an awesome movie; watch it today if you haven’t. The one thing that you can learn from the movie is how bad it is to have amnesia.
The most common cause of amnesia is a brain injury. Now imagine not being able to remember your spouse, or imagine having to learn how to drive all over again. The truth is amnesia and memory loss are depressing that’s why most people opt for medication. The problem with drugs are the side effects, the thing is sometimes instead of drugs solving an existing problem they may end up causing more problems.
The truth is most types of amnesia can’t be treated with drugs, this means that you will have to find alternative ways to solve existing problems. One of the best ways to help people who have amnesia to recover their memories is music therapy.
During a music therapy session patients with amnesia are asked to sing a simple song, they also have to tap their fingers to the rhythm of the song. The patients are cued to sing along with songs that have familiar lyrics but some of the lyrics are left out. The idea is to let the patient fill in the gaps, this triggers lost memories and the patient is able to remember something’s that he or she forgot.
According to a study done by the Center for Biomedical research in music, patients with brain injury who received a form of music therapy known as RAS (rhythmic auditory stimulation) showed significant improvement, this means that although the study concluded that the clinical applicability of music therapy is still uncertain music can help people who suffer from brain injury or amnesia.
How music affects your brain
Music has the ability to pump you up or calm you down literally–this is because music can make your heart beat faster. It can also lower your heart beat in effect calm you down or lower your blood pressure. When you listen to music you feel good, this lowers anxiety meaning that instead of taking antidepressants or anti-anxiety medication you should switch to music.
Music will also help your brain to increase connectivity, spatial intelligence and improve language development–this is good for people who suffer from amnesia because it may help the patient remember.
Alzheimer’s and music therapy
The success of music therapy can be seen in the way that it is changing the lives of people who have Alzheimer’s, Alzheimer’s is a form of dementia that results in disorientation, impaired thinking, memory loss and personality changes. Music therapy has been shown to improve patient’s mood and to help them remember.
Simply put Music therapy is fun, practical and very beneficial especially to people who have suffered brain injury making it one of the best ways to alleviate amnesia.