Everybody has their favourite songs or music. Once they listen to these songs, they feel goose bumps all over. Music relaxes our body and mind, making us happy and smiling for no obvious reason.
At the same time, we listen to fast-paced music when working out because it helps drive us and give us the necessary endurance to continue.
Music lovers can often be seen in the metro, or walking the streets, tapping their feet to music and even throwing in a few dance moves. But music has been linked to healing with recent research, and the benefits of listening to music can be more than you imagine.
Mood Swings, Depression - Cheers you up
Listening to your favourite rhythms, be it fast or slow tempo, boosts dopamine release in our brains. This chemical affects our emotions, perceptions and feelings. If you are recovering from a broken heart, listening to music can help ease your pain by helping you identify and resonate with the feelings inside of you.
Psychologists have recognised the beneficial effects of music and its stress-reducing ability, so they have begun to recommend it as a stress-buster. In this way, music helps heals us from a broken heart, eases depression, relieves anxiety and can improve mood of patients. Music motivates depressed people, helps fight insomnia and cheers you up.
Helps you manage pain
A Harvard article pointed out how music can help lower pain perception in patients who suffer from acute or chronic pain and can even reduce their dependency on pain medication.
Listening to music relaxes patients who are undergoing chemotherapy and radiotherapy. This makes them less prone to nausea and vomiting. Arthritic patients also report a drop in pain perception when they listen to upbeat music.
Patients who are convalescing or recovering from an operation do well when they listen to mood-lifting music, report less pain and leave the hospital earlier.
Makes your heart healthy
Listening to music reduces the heart rate and blood pressure. Combined with preventive drugs, music can help a person recover from borderline hypertension. This is because music dissipates stress and helps the person relax.
Helps us Remember
Different songs are tied with different memories in our life. When we listen to a particular song, we are transported to an associated memory and feel happy or wistful. This trait of music has been used to help patients with dementia and Parkinson’s disease to evoke memories, improve communication and make them happier.
Patients who suffer from strokes or limb weakness have to undergo physical rehabilitation to strengthen their muscles. Listening to music motivates them much like how it motivates us during exercise.
Studies show that stroke patients who suffer loss of speech can benefit from music by first singing their thoughts and then dropping the tune to articulate their sentences.
Listening to music heals us spiritually, emotionally and even physically. A recent study by Fabien Maman, a musician and acupuncturist showed that human blood cells respond to sound frequencies by changing their structure. He hypothesizes that sick cells can be healed by sound harmonization.