Music – a drug for good health and happiness
When I saw a post about music having positive effects on your brain I decided to read a little more about it.
It may seem like a lot of information, but when you realise how good music is for you no one will complain when you turn up the volume.
First hand over this interesting fact:
Music is really good for you! By playing recordings of relaxing music every morning and evening, people with high blood pressure can train themselves to lower their blood pressure – and keep it low. According to research reported at the American Society of Hypertension meeting in New Orleans, listening to just 30 minutes of classical, Celtic or raga music every day may significantly reduce high blood pressure.
So what I found is that according to medical studies soothing sounds induce the release of serotonin. Serotonin is the hormone that makes you feel happy and gives you a general sense of wellbeing.
Music also activates dopamine which is a neurotransmitter that makes you feel good.
Another hormone which will be released is norepinephrine, a hormone that brings about euphoria and elation.
Knowing this music can therefore aid you with the following:
How music does reduce stress?
Physical relaxation. Music can promote relaxation of tense muscles, as well as lower your breathing rate enabling you to easily release some of the tension you carry from a stressful day at school, ease a cranky mood and increase happy vibes.
Aids in stress relief activities. Music can help you get “into the zone” when practicing yoga, or meditation, and can help you feel energized when exercising and recover after exercising, help dissolve the stress when you’re soaking in the bath.
Reduces negative emotions. Music, especially upbeat tunes, can take your mind off what stresses you, and help you feel more optimistic and positive. This helps release stress and can even help you keep from getting as stressed over life’s little frustrations in the future. Researchers discovered that music can decrease the amount of the cortisol, a stress-related hormone produced by the body in response to stress.
Proving this true is a study conducted by experts from the University of Missouri. In this research, it has been proven that music is monumental in mood improvement. With a better sense of happiness, studies show that people experience improved health, greater relationship satisfaction, and enhanced behaviour – even a higher income.
Music boosts immunity
Who likes to feel sick? I don’t and I am sure you don’t either. Music can boost the immune function. Scientists explain that a particular type of music can create a positive and profound emotional experience, which leads to secretion of immune-boosting hormones. This helps contribute to a reduction in the factors responsible for illness. Listening to music or singing can also decrease levels of stress-related hormone cortisol. Higher levels of cortisol can lead to a decreased immune response
Music improves physical performance
Choosing music that motivates you will make it easier to start moving, walking, dancing, or any other type of exercise that you enjoy. Music can make exercise feel more like recreation and less like work. Not only that – if you’re training for a specific sport music will benefit your performance on the sports field.
The four central hypotheses explaining music’s facilitation of exercise performance include:
- Reduction in the feeling of fatigue
- Increase in levels of psychological arousal
- Physiological relaxation response
- Improvement in motor coordination
Music improves body movement and coordination
Music reduces muscle tension and improves body movement and coordination Music may play an important role in developing, maintaining and restoring physical functioning in the rehabilitation of persons with movement disorders.
Music Repairs Brain Damage
Because of its ability to alter the different parts of the brain, music has been utilized in a number of therapies. For example, it has been applied to stroke victims to teach them how to talk once again. At the same time, it is recommended to stutterers so that they can dictate words clearly once again. Since it reaches the emotion-related barriers too, music is now being utilized as a mood-altering therapy for depressed and anxious individuals.
Music is especially helpful in victims of left-sided brain injury, with symptoms such as the inability to speak. In fact, therapists treat such patients with a program called “Melodic Intonation.” Here, the patient is prodded to sing until he can talk once again. Music is said to repair the damaged parts associated with language because it helps the mind correlate the tunes with verbalisms once again.
Apart from this benefit, music ushers the release of dopamine, a feel-good hormone that enhances brain function. This is especially advantageous in individuals who have suffered from major brain damage.
Effective therapy for pain
Overall, music does have positive effects on pain management. Music can help reduce both the sensation and distress of both chronic pain and postoperative pain.
Did you know that music therapy is increasingly used in hospitals to reduce the need for medication?
There are several theories about how music positively affects perceived pain:
- 1. Music serves as a distracter
- 2. Music may give the patient a sense of control
- 3. Music causes the body to release endorphins to counteract pain
- 4. Slow music relaxes person by slowing their breathing and heartbeat
Music reduces stress and aids relaxation and boosts your memory
Listening to slow, quiet classical music, is proven to reduce stress. Countless studies have shown that music’s relaxing effects can be seen on anyone, including new borns. One of the great benefits of music as a stress reliever is that it can be used while you study to put your mind in that perfect “study zone”.
“Music is known to tap into various parts of the brain, which is why it is utilized by many experts in treating depressed or anxious patients. The meter, timber, rhythm and pitch of music are managed in areas of the brain that deal with emotions and mood. These key areas are the hippocampus, prefrontal cortex and the parietal lobe.
The hippocampus, a structure of the limbic system, is responsible for spatial orientation, navigation and the consolidation of new memories. It also brings about emotional responses.”
Now not to throw more information at you or maybe to do so…
Music also has a positive effect on your brain.
By listening to familiar music, feelings and emotions related to the tunes are reincarnated by the hippocampus. I am sure most people can relate to this…
“The prefrontal cortex, on the other hand, manages extreme impulses and emotions. Known as the “seat of good judgment,” it enables one to make good and acceptable calls so that inappropriate behaviours are prevented.
Music Improves your Spatial Reasoning Skills
As for the parietal lobe, it is in charge of spatial orientation, information processing and cognition, affects many others.
Spatial reasoning is defined as the ability to reason depiction, measurement, navigation and shape accurately. As one of the “Nine Kinds of Intelligence,” it is characterized by the talent to recreate a visual experience.
With the help of music – specifically piano music – you can hike your spatial reasoning IQ points by as much as 9. Mozart’s symphony (among many others) makes this possible by improving focus in the listener.
Music enhances intelligence, learning and IQ
The idea that music makes you smarter received considerable attention from scientists and the media. Listening to music or playing an instrument can actually make you learn better. And research confirms this.
Music has the power to enhance some kinds of higher brain function:
- Reading and literacy skills
- Spatial-temporal reasoning
- Mathematical abilities– Even children with attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder benefit in mathematics tests from listening to music beforehand.
- Emotional intelligence
Remember to vary what you listen to and find out what type of music is most beneficial for you. You could try classical music one day, pop the next day and rock on the third. So now that you’re educated in the benefits of music why not find some to listen to?
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Posted on February 16, 2015, in Healing, Inspiration, spirituality and tagged brain injury, effects, healing, health, inspiration, music, positive, relaxation, stress. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.