New research revealed that music now offers more than mere entertainment. Good melody can help ease pain, reduce stress, make us feel energize, lowers blood pressure and cures insomnia. Certified music therapists today treat heart disease, alzheimer’s, asthma and a lot of other illnesses through music.
New research revealed that music now offers more than mere entertainment. Good melody can help ease pain, reduce stress, make us feel energize, lowers blood pressure and cures insomnia. Certified music therapists today treat heart disease, alzheimer’s, asthma and a lot of other illnesses through music. However, we don’t have to study music theory, like they do in the University of California to reap the benefits of this new science breakthrough. Here are some of our ails which can be cured and alleviate by music:
Cleveland Clinic Senior Nurse-researcher Sandra Siedlecki, PhD found that listening to upbeat music can actually ease symptoms of depression. It was also discovered that the benefits of music are physical. According to a French study, listening to new age music reduced levels of the stress hormone cortisol while listening to classical music lowers blood pressure, as indicated by the study conducted by the University of California.
Another study conducted by Japanese indicated that our favorite workout music can ward off fatigue during exercise, which has been proven as another mood-lifter. The results of these studies has convinced experts that combining music and exercise is one of the best buffer against depression.
Thus, when we have the blues and we’re trying to cheer up, we should resist the temptation to wallow in sad, sentimental songs and should choose fast-tempo music to lift our mood. It has been proven that listening to upbeat songs for 10 to 20 minutes undisturbed can boost our mood.
Upbeat music has been said to boost our energy during workout. Aiming for a 30 minutes of cardio, such as running, brisk walking or biking, 5 days a week, can help reduce depression. We should just make sure that our workout music and exercise rhythms are in sync.
Are you in pain?
Are you in pain? You can try music plus guided imagery. Simply listening to music for an hour a day can ease your pain by 20% according to Cleveland Clinic researchers. It can even reduce the need for pain medication before and after surgery. Music seems to stimulate the release of pain-masking endorphins in the brain.
Music can amplify the effects of a visualization exercise called guided imagery, wherein patients are made to focus on a specific image or sensation that evokes the emotions they want to feel. To do this, find a comfortable and quiet place to sit with your eyes closed and feet up. If you feel drain because of your pain, select music that makes you feel energetic; if the pain is interrupting your sleep, choose a music that makes you feel relaxed. Next, you try to think of a place or image such as a deserted beach, or quiet stream or river. You focus on your breathing and the sensations in your body. Imagine each of your senses reacting to this favorite place or image- the smell, the sights and the sounds. When your thoughts start to wonder, focus on the music. Once the song stops, don’t jump up, sit and relax for another minute or two. You should repeat this daily.
Having sleepless nights?
Brain Music Therapy – a technique to improved sleep quality in 4 weeks was created when insomniacs were made to listened to classical piano music. Music therapists says that the therapy is said to boosts level of melatonin, a brain chemical linked to sleep. While you’re in a relax state, doctors monitor and record your brain waves and then use a computer program to create unique, sleep-inducing piano passages using your own measurements. Feeding your brain its own rhythm helps your muscle and breathing relax. Like our workout music, our music therapy tunes should jive with our intent, which is to relax and sleep.