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How Can Music Heal You?

By Edited May 4, 2015 0 0

There are many approaches that you can take if you are one of them. There is a lot of talk about music and its healing abilities on the body. Some say that it can have very good effects on your overall health. But is this really true? 

First, we need to consider one thing: listening to any kind of music is not a substitute for regular medical care. Therefore, if you're suffering from serious medical problems, you should definitely keep seeing your doctor and follow their advice. There is no such thing as “magical music” which can instantly provide a cure for disease and anyone who tells you otherwise is either a quack trying to make a quick buck off you, or simply misinformed. 

There is no specific evidence that links music with direct improvements to someone's health, however there have been many studies that show the effects that music can have on the human body and these have had encouraging results so far. One study has tested two groups of patients that were preparing for an operation. In the first group, individuals had a choice of listening to various pieces of relaxing music. In the other group, they did not receive any music at all. Test results indicated that those who listened to music were less stressed. This was confirmed by measuring the stress levels in each patient and there was a significant difference in the level of stress hormones in those who listened to music. 

Of course, music doesn't just act as a stress reducer. It can have some positive effects on the mind too. When we listen to music that is joyful and feels happy overall, our mind will adjust to it and release endorphins, which are hormones that are responsible for the feeling of happiness. Patients who have certain problems with their memory, such as those suffering from Alzheimer will often respond positively to music. The reason behind this is that listening to music will stimulate both parts of the brain at the same time. 

Children with developmental problems can benefit from music as well. It has been demonstrated in various tests that children who are exposed to music will develop their communications skills faster, even if they have developmental delays or are affected with autism. 

All of this shows that while music isn't really a medicine that can provide a cure for disease, it can definitely help us become healthier, as it has effects on the entire body. When combined with other therapies, music is certainly a good way to stay healthy.



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