A holistic approach on the neurological benefits of music

Psychiatr Danub. 2015 Sep;27 Suppl 1:S148-50.


A holistic perspective on human beings allows health carers to achieve an understanding of all the physiological, psychological and social disturbances of the patient as a whole. Through this article we wish to focus on how music has holistic neurological benefits. Music-therapy interventions can be more accessible and even "self-managed" by the patient's relatives. They can reinforce social cohesion, family ties and patients' self-esteem and thus produce a better quality of life. Overall, it is important to consider the benefits that an evolutionary understanding of musical behaviour and a holistic clinical perspective of the role of music may bring for rehabilitation of a wide range of symptoms and conditions.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Brain / physiopathology*
  • Emotions* / physiology
  • Holistic Health*
  • Humans
  • Mental Disorders / physiopathology
  • Mental Disorders / therapy*
  • Mirror Neurons / physiology
  • Music Therapy*
  • Quality of Life / psychology
  • Self Concept
  • Social Adjustment*