Mozart as medicine:The health benefits of music

By:Meenakshi Chaudhary, Onlymyhealth Editorial Team,Date:Feb 23, 2015

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Music is not just your companion during times of joy and sorrow, it can also help you live a healthier life. Understand the role of music in your well-being.
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    Music to us

    "Next to the word of God, the noble art of music is the greatest treasure in the world"- Martin Luther.  There would hardly be anyone who doesn’t enjoy music. It is one of the most important parts of our lives. Have you ever wondered how music may affect our health? Well, research suggests that music not only helps us to cope with pain, it can also benefit our physical and mental health. Here is how music can boost your health.

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    Improves Visual and Verbal skills

    According to studies music education at an early age can help  brain development, improve their verbal, communication and visual skills. A study was conducted on children of 4 to 6 years of age who were subject to one month of musical training which involved training in rhythm, pitch, melody, voice and basic musical concepts. The training enhanced their ability to understand words and explain their meaning. Image courtesy:

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    Eases pain

    Music can be really wonderful when it comes to pain management. Music not only reduces the sensation but also the distress of both chronic and postoperative pain. According to Journal of Advanced Nursing, listening to music can reduce chronic pain from painful conditions like osteoarthritis, disc problems and rheumatoid arthritis by up to 21 percent.  Even hospitals use music therapy to reduce the need for medication during childbirth. Image Courtesy: Getty

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    Keeps an aging Brain Healthy

    Research has shown that listening to music or playing music in old age keeps the brain healthy as it ages. Listening to music is like exercising your brain, it betters the memory and provides mental sharpness as you age. It can even benefit people with brain damage to regain partial or full access to memories. However, it depends upon severity of the brain damage. Listening to music can help draw old memories and neurological patterns.

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    Improves Sleep Quality

    Anxiety and stress can be very harmful for your sleep. But you can improve the quality of your sleep by listening to music as it has positive effect on stress and anxiety. Research suggests that listening to music at various times can promote better sleep patterns. In some cases, it might be able to beat insomnia. Image Courtesy:

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    Fights Fatigue

    Did you know listening to upbeat music can be a great way to get some extra energy? It can eliminate exercise-induced fatigue or symptoms of fatigue caused by monotonous work. But, you should avoid hard and pop music as it can make you more jittery instead of energized. Instead, listen to music that relaxes you. Image Courtesy:

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    Makes you Happy

    Listening to music can make you feel happy and excited. Music hits you in a special way causing your brain to release dopamine, a feel good chemical.  When dopamine is released you feel emotions like happiness, excitement, joy, etc. According to a study, music with a quick tempo played in a major key made people feel happy, while music with slow tempo in a minor key caused feelings of sadness.


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    Heart Beat, Pulse Rate and Blood Pressure

    Studies have shown that music not only strengthens the heart but also improves the recovery time of patients who were suffering from heart disease. Listening to your favourite music releases endorphins in the brain that help to improve vascular health. According to a study conducted by Massachusetts General Hospital, heart patients confined to a bed that made them listen to music for 30 minutes had lower blood pressure, slower heart rates, and less distress than those who didn’t listen to music. Image Courtesy:

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