I have found music therapy improves vestibular health and my emotional well-being.
I am in the unique position of being somebody who is not only a healthcare provider specializing in the inner ear, but I’m also a patient who has an inner ear problem myself. [In fact, I’ve had multiple inner ear problems since I was a kid.]
I’ve recovered from BPPV [four times so far], and I am living with a chronic “vestibulopathy.” This is a hypofunction in my inner ear which will continually decompensate [for the rest of my life] if I cycle through an illness, an episode of depression or anything that keeps me immobile for even a few days, like a debilitating migraine headache.
When I’m not as [physically] active, then my inner ear decompensates [from a lack of head motion and my feelings of dizziness, vertigo and imbalance return].
So, one of the things that I have learned to do – in order to be somebody who lives a rich, active and vibrant healthy life with a vestibular disorder – is to play music.
Because when I play music, I can get in touch with the deepest part of myself. And that is ultimately what I believe creates healing in all of us, to touch the true nature of ourselves [and to praise our Creator with music.]
Music allows me to connect with that part of myself and feel better emotionally.
Music also helps me connect with other people, so I’m not as socially isolated. And it makes me move my head as I play my music everyday, so my vestibular system gets some activity. [My inner ear] has something to report – head motion – and it has something to process so that it stays in tip-top shape.
Music really helps to stabilize any emotional or mental fluctuations that I experience. Sometimes if I get anxious, or if I start to get overwhelmed and I get depressed, playing music helps me to stabilize my mental health. I also seek out appropriate medical care when necessary and I have doctors that I consult with for my own health.
My team of healthcare providers fully support the evidence-based strategy of music therapy to improve the quality of my life.
In terms of my well-being, music is something I have discovered that helps me stay well on an everyday basis. Music therapy improves vestibular health and emotional well-being.
It allows me to express myself, my creativity, my inner light – to add something beautiful to the world. Hopefully you enjoy the music too. I know I do!
This blog is for informational purposes only. The content is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.The details of any case mentioned in this post represent a typical patient that I might see and do not describe the circumstances of a specific individual.