5 Ways Music Heals You, By Steve Benedetto
Studies upon studies have proven that music has amazing affects on your brain, healing your body and soul when you need it the most. Not only does music make you smarter and more productive at any age, it can also help you heal, which is why many hospitals, retirement and senior citizen homes are using music therapy to help many of its patients.
Music is a universal language the entire world speaks. It’s also played a vital role in our culture, both in the past, now and will continue to be important in the future. Everyone across the globe listens to some sort of music, which is why it’s a universal experience that can help all.
If you’re wondering how music can heal you, just turn on your favorite song and take note of your feelings and mood. You’ll automatically find yourself in a better mood and will continue to be happier as long as you continue listening to tunes that you love. Now turn on a song that has deep meaning to you or reminds you of something sad. You’ll notice that your mood went from happy to sad because of the song’s association with feelings or memories. Music has a way of touching us for the better and its healing powers are real. Here are five ways music can help you heal, both physically and emotionally.
1. Can improve your overall mood
Just as in the example above, music can help you feel better. Even if you’re not a professional musician, listening to certain types of music can not only lift your spirits when you’re feeling down, anxious or just need a quick pick-me-up during the day. Many like to listen to music while they work, providing for happier employees who are more productive. Science has proven that listening to upbeat music can instantly improve your mood, which is why you’ll notice these type of tunes in elevators, at the gym and in many waiting rooms in offices all over the world.
2. Improves the quality of life
When music is used in a professional setting, it can greatly improve one’s quality of life. That’s why many senior citizen homes are seeking music therapists for its older residents to address their emotional, social, physical and cognitive needs. It’s been known to help those suffering with dementia, emotional trauma, chronic pain and even Alzheimer’s.
3. Reduces stress and anxiety
For those with stress and anxiety problems, music can help them calm down. Research has shown that those with these types of issues can really benefit from listening to music with a low pitch, slow temp, loud instrumentation and without lyrics can help clam them down during painful or stressful events. It can also decrease one’s systolic blood pressure and cortisol levels, which are biological signs of stress.
4. Decreases pain
Many women like to listen to music in labor since it has a unique way in reducing pain. It’s not exactly clear how music can help reduce main, but many believe it's the music’s impact on the brain’s dopamine release. There’s still a lot of research being done on how music can decrease one’s pain.
5. Improves immune functioning
Some researchers think listening to music can help prevent disease. Researchers at Wilkes University studied how music affects the body’s levels of IgA, which is an antibody that our immune system uses to fight off diseases. In their studies, those who were exposed to soothing music had big increases in their IgA over others who were exposed to other condition. This suggests music exposure can help improve one’s immunity.