Just like love and laughter, music also has healing properties and the brain seconds that. However, while music therapy is still in its infancy stage, doctors have not ruled out music from the medical field. For instance, did you know that your heart beat can sync with the rhythm of the music and so can your brain? As one study proved, critically ill patients needed far less sedatives than their regular dose when they were listening to Mozart. What’s interesting is that the blood pressure and heart rate stablised as well. The added bonus is that your pituitary gland is at its peak - an excellent thing for the healing process.
Neurologists, too, agree with music's importance in healing and general well being. One instance would be, when Dr, Rezia from Cleveland Clinic’s Center for Neurologic Restoration, played classical music while measuring the brain’s electrical response to those notes in a Parkinson’s patient who was awake at the time of the test. (Via)
On the lighter side, music therapy makes you happy by releasing serotonin and reducing the stress hormone cortisol. It is also know to relieve pain, strengthen lung power and induce sleep, albeit these benefits have all been measured by studies that played soft and gentle music. These instrumental sounds have the ability to distract your mind and bring your bodily rhythms back to normalcy.
According to The Music Therapy Trust in India, music is beneficial for:
- Autistic Spectrum Disorder
- Cerebral Palsy
- Learning Difficulties
- Downs Syndrome
- Emotional Behavioural Concerns
- Communication Problems
- Challenging Behavior
- Mental Health Problems
- Neurological Conditions
- Physical Impairments
- Sexual Abuse
- Cancer, Life Threatening Illnesses
- HIV / Aids
- Post Traumatic Stress
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