The Wonderful Health Benefits of Listening to Music

Some may not think of music when they think of health or wellness but there are a plethora of studies on its benefits and music therapy is an expanding field (plus music is cheap and everywhere). Music therapy can be defined as: clinical and evidence-based use of music interventions to accomplish individualized goals within a therapeutic relationship. Programs can be designed to promote:

  • wellness
  • stress management
  • pain alleviation
  • enhance memory
  • improve communication

Do you have to go to some therapist to feel the benefits of music, though? I think no, you know just hearing a song can put you in a good mood and lift your spirits. Research has found that music can have a profound effect on the body and the psyche. Benefits:

  • Harvard studies have found that rhythms of healthy hearts are similar to those found in classical music and certain rhythms (i.e. harp) can entrain your heart to beat more normally.
  • improve mental focus
  • improve motor skills for those recovering from strokes
  • Practice therapy has found music can help cancer patients and kids with ADD
  • used in hospitals to manage pain
  • ward off depression
  • promote movement
  • calm hospital patients
  • ease muscle tension
  • Tests on brain: a strong beat can stimulate brainwaves to resonate in sync with the beat, with faster beats bringing sharper attention  and more alert thinking; while slower tempo promote a calm, meditative state. Also, change in brain wave activity levels can enable the brain to shift speeds more easily on its own as needed (which means music brings lasting benefits to your state of mind)

What I think is great about music is that it can decrease stress, while increasing creativity and optimism; so play some music today whenever you can!

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