Thursday, March 4, 2010

How Music Affects our body and Why Music Therapy Promotes Health

Research has shown that music has a reflective effect on your body and psyche. In fact, there’s a rising field of health care known as Music Therapy, which uses music to heal. Those who carry out music therapy are verdict a benefit in using music to help cancer patients, children with ADD, and others, and even hospitals are start to use music and music therapy to help with pain management, to help ward off depression, to promote movement, to calm patients, to ease muscle tension, and for many other benefits that music and music therapy can bring. This is not surprising, as music affects the body with mind in many powerful ways. The following are few effects of music, which help to explain the effectiveness of music therapy:

Brain Waves: Research has shown that music with a strong beat can excite brainwaves to resonate in sync with the beat, with faster beats bringing sharper concentration and more alert thinking, and a slower tempo promoting a calm, meditative state.

Breathing and Heart Rate: With alterations in brainwaves come changes in other bodily functions. Those governed by the autonomic nervous system, such as breathing and heart rate can also be changed by the changes music can bring.


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