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This article examines the use of rhythmic music in support of people managing co-occuring drug abuse and mental health conditions, and is based on the authors 15 years’ experience as a group counsellor working in this field. Expressive therapies are gaining increasing traction as respected intervention techniques for this client group, as the limits of ‘talk-based’ approaches are exposed. This is particularly true for engaging people in treatment who find discussions confronting or who are uncomfortable with language, including many individuals from minority cultures. Rhythmic music, using hand drums and percussion, is one of the simplest forms of music to introduce into a therapeutic setting and is particularly suited to group therapy. Recent neurological research has showcased the positive impact of rhythmic music for people who have experienced trauma, improving emotional regulation and reducing stress and anxiety associated with relapse. Additionally, experiential therapies such as drumming offer an important balance in residential treatment settings where people may be attending several therapy sessions per day; the result of which can be mental exhaustion. Physical therapies such as drumming can help re-energize clients in these situations, as well as those on sedative medications.
Many services resist the introduction of music into their treatment programs due to a perceived lack of expertise or lack of confidence. This article argues that...….read more
The Heart is a Drum Machine: Drumming as Therapy
Article by Robert T. Muller Ph.D.
.Posted Jan. 22nd 2015
".......For individuals coping with depression, anxiety, or trauma, there is something more intuitive and liberating about communicating through music. Some find the combination of group therapy and drumming effective as it brings more contemporary approaches to mental health together with creative and non-judgemental expression of emotions.
Alongside the plethora of research on the effects of music on the brain, studies have found that drumming offers numerous health benefits. For women dealing with eating disorders, children with autism, cancer patients, war veterans living with PTSD, individuals with anger management issues, people with addictions, and even Alzheimer’s patients, drumming offers physical and emotional benefits.
Music therapies are now available in many hospitals and in a variety of counselling settings. More informal drumming circles are becoming increasingly popular within corporate team building and stress management workshops......."
The Biological Benefits of Drumming
"Try Drumming for Better Health" By Linda Buch
Posted March 20, 2013
From the first time I participated in a drum circle, I recognized something profoundly moving about the experience,” says Dr. Barry Bittman, a neurologist and CEO and medical director of the Mind-Body Wellness Center in Meadville, near Pittsburgh.
The current popularity of drumming and participation in drum circles seem to be driven by a human need to reconnect with the beat and vibrations of life. Drumming is also one of those rare physical activities that can have both profound and subtle effects on the entire person. Bittman’s research is demonstrating the benefits of recreational music-making on the drum, including:
Improved aerobic and cardiovascular system;
Strengthened immune system;
Improved mood and reduced burnout of workers under stress;
Reversed ravages of stress at the cellular level;
Reduced anxiety, depression and feelings of loneliness.
Effects of Group Drumming Interventions on Anxiety, Depression, Social Resilience and Inflammatory Immune Response among Mental Health Service Users
Daisy Fancourt, Rosie Perkins, Sara Ascenso, Livia A. Carvalho, Andrew Steptoe, Aaron Williamon
Published: March 14, 2016
Scientists who studied the effects of drumming in two groups (one drummed, the other didn’t) found that drumming reduced depression and anxiety and improved social resilience over six- and 10-week timespans.
ADDITIONAL ARTICLES and RESEARCH LINKS:
Not Just for Music: Drumming Is Therapy, TooA growing body of research shows that drumming has a positive effect on Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, depression, PTSD, and more.
Research: Making music for mental health: how group drumming mediates recovery...."While music-making interventions are increasingly recognized as enhancing mental health, little is known of why music may engender such benefit. The objective of this article is to elucidate the features of a program of group drumming known to enable mental health recovery...."
For therapists at Hillsides, a Los Angeles behavioral healthcare premier provider, drumming is a mindful exercise used for mental health services. Find out how intentional drumming can produce collaborative projects to benefit clients.
The Impact of Group Drumming on Social-Emotional Behavior in Low-Income Children Low-income youth experience social-emotional problems linked to chronic stress that are exacerbated by lack of access to care. Drumming is a non-verbal, universal activity that builds upon a collectivistic aspect of diverse cultures and does not bear the stigma of therapy. A pretest-post-test non-equivalent control group design was used to assess the effects of 12 weeks of school counselor-led drumming on