Healing Power of Music

April 19, 2009  
Filed under Health by Condition

All of you iPod owners can take heart in the fact that listening to music each day has a positive effect on your health! A 2008 study from the University of Maryland School of Medicine revealed that listening to music that makes you happy (what they call “Joyful music”) for 30 minutes could help to reduce your stress levels. Of course, this study was conducted on a very small group of people… and “joyful music” is subjective to the listener… but nonetheless, “Music has charms to soothe the savage breast.”  In this case, that savage beast is your blood pressure and stress levels. How  it works is that hearing joyful sounds tells the brain to release endorphins that make you feel happy, your muscles can relax and eventually your stress levels lowers and pain can be relieved.

Another study, published online in the medical journal Brain February 20, found that listening to music in the early stages after a stroke can improve patients’ recovery.

So bust out the iPods, or the CDs, and listen to some calming music like Mozart, or Enya (if you’re into “New Age” music), or if you’re near the ocean go take in the sounds of the crashing waves.  The point is that listening to any soothing, calming sound for at least 30 minutes can help to lower your blood pressure because the sound slows down your breathing as well as your heartbeat.

And by the way, since your brain waves tend to react to the sounds you are hearing by slowing down or speeding up according to the beats, I doubt listening to heavy metal for large blocks of time can “soothe the soul” or be good for your over-all health.  I’m just sayin’…….

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