To help control symptoms of PTSD for our warfighter community through Music and Making Music.
- Benefits of Music Therapy -
* Reduce Stress, Depression & Anxiety
* Increase in expressing emotions
* Reconnect with friends and family
* Bring comfort towards dealing with
PTSD, for both Veteran & family
* Decrease PAIN
Today, music therapy helps returning Troops and veterans, as well as their loved ones. “It’s a whole different energy than just talking about the trauma,” says Ron Borczon, a professor of music at California State University at Northridge who specializes in music therapy.
“Through the musical experience, they find hope that they can get better,” he says. Performing and listening to music lowers stress levels by providing an avenue for expressing emotions. It’s also a fallback and healthy distraction from pain. Music can even induce physical changes, lowering heart rate, tension, and blood pressure. The effects are strongest if the person plays music because playing gives them a sense of control, a boost of confidence, and an overall feeling of enjoyment through the release of endorphin's. Soldier Hard, the founder of Redcon-1 Music Group couldn't agree more. He himself served in the US Army, and was diagnosed with severe Post Traumatic Stress Disorder by several Civilian & VA Doctors. "When I create music, I literally get lost, I forget about anything going on around me, I escape to a beautiful place where I love being, words really can't explain it, everything is just right," Soldier Hard says.
"Studies show that music can trigger the brain to release chemicals that distract the body from pain"
Even in extreme cases like PTSD, where an individual’s level of stress reaches a point where it’s difficult to lead a comfortable life, music therapy can help control anxiety and bring comfort both to those suffering from the condition and their families. “Music and music making are tools I use to process through what I've experienced,” says Soldier Hard
Music has been used as a healing force for centuries. Music therapy goes back to biblical times, when David played the harp to rid King Saul of a bad spirit. As early as 400 B.C., Hippocrates, Greek father of medicine, played music for his mental patients. Aristotle described music as a force that purified the emotions. In the thirteenth century, hospitals contained music-rooms for the benefit of the patients. In the United States, Native American medicine men often employed chants and dances as a method of healing patients. Music therapy as we know it began in the aftermath of World Wars I and II. Musicians would travel to hospitals, and play music for the Troops suffering from war-related emotional and physical trauma.
“One good thing about music, when it hits you, you feel no pain.”
- Bob Marley
Photo: Redcon-1 Artist & Marine Active Duty SSGT Performs at the 2012 Veterans Holiday Celebration in Los Angeles CA at the West Los Angeles Veterans Affairs Campus.
"When I create music, I literally get lost, I forget about anything going on around me, I escape to a beautiful place where I love being, words really can't explain it, everything is just right," Soldier Hard says.
Photo: Redcon-1 Music Group Studio's located in the Northern California.