The Healing Power of Harmonies
Music is good for the soul whether you are a young child or an older adult. From the lullabies we sing to soothe babies off to sleep to the old-time tunes played in Memory Care assisted living communities, music has great therapeutic powers. It can benefit our mind, body and spirit in a variety of ways.
Here is what science tells us are the health benefits of music:
- Pain Management. Have you noticed how many dentist offices offer you head phones and your choice of music to listen to? It’s for more than just drowning out the awful sound of the drill. Music can help re-direct your attention and take your mind off of your pain. It is used in childbirth centers, cancer treatment facilities, rehab programs and more.
- Sleep Aid. Listening to soft, relaxing music at bedtime can help promote sleep. People with chronic health conditions or those undergoing medical treatments are often encouraged to set up an app on their phone or iPad that plays soothing music to help them sleep.
- Promotes Exercise. Studies that have been done on athletes and dedicated gym members have shown that playing music can help motivate you work out longer. Setting up your own channel with music that inspires you can help you make the most of your exercise program.
- Stress Management. Music has the power to quiet the mind and decrease daily stress. A lower stress rate can help to decrease your blood pressure and your heart rate. If you are having a stressful day, taking 10 minutes to close your eyes and listen to relaxing music can help.
- Boost Immune System. Researchers at Mass General Hospital in Boston have found that listening to music reduces serum cortisol in the blood. They specifically cite how music affects the function of the hypothalamic-pituitary axis, the sympathetic nervous system, and the immune system. These are responsible for the body’s metabolism and energy.
Is music a part of your daily life?
What do you listen to when you need to unwind from your caregiver role?