February 9, 2008

Music Therapy for Good Health

Research has shown that good music can be good for your health. It can dull pain, release stress, lower blood pressure, better your mood, and cure insomnia. There are certified music therapists that treat heart disease, asthma, Alzheimer’s, and other diseases using music therapy.

Researchers found that listening to music for an hour each day can decrease 20 percent of your pain. It can also decrease the need for pain medication before and after surgery. This music therapy works by stimulating the release of pain-masking endorphins in the brain.

Brain music therapy can help insomnia. People suffering from insomnia who listened to classical piano created in response to their own brain waves improved their sleep quality in only 4 weeks. This type of therapy boots the levels of melatonin, which is a brain chemical that is linked to sleeping.

Music therapy can also help depression. Music can decrease depression symptoms by up to 25 percent. Researchers found that listening to New Age music decreased the levels of the stress hormone cortisol and classical music lowered blood pressure. Another study found that listening to your favorite workout songs during exercise can fight off fatigue so that you can workout longer and won’t feel so drained afterwards.

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