Surprising Effects Of Music And How It Can Help The Elderly
Music soothes the heart and tames the savage beast. This saying has been along for a long time and is very true. Music is not only soothing it also has surprising effects on the health. Music is one of the activities that involve the whole brain. However it is good to note that not all music has a positive effect on the health because there are music that is too loud or too distracting.
Reduces Blood Pressure
According to a study reported by the American Society of Hypertension meeting in New Orleans, listening to classical music in the mornings and evenings for 30 minutes each can help lower blood pressure. Aside from relaxing classical music, seniors can also listen to Celtic and raga music.
Post Stroke Recovery
Listening to music can help seniors recover from debilitating illnesses such as stroke. When stroke patients in Finland listened to music a couple of hours each day, researchers found that their memory and attention span improved significantly compared to patients that did not listen to music. Classical music has been known to help visual attention in patients who suffered from unilateral neglect after a stroke.
Boost In Immunity
There are kinds of music that can create a positive emotional experience which leads the body to secrete immune boosting hormones. When music boosts immunity it helps contribute to the reduction in the factors that contribute to disease and illnesses. Studies have found that singing also has the same effect and also decreases the levels of cortisol, the stress causing hormone.
Music can also serve as a natural pain reliever. It can help decrease post operative pain and chronic pain. Pain from chronic conditions such as osteoarthritis, disc problems and rheumatoid arthritis can decrease by up to 21% when listening to music. The UK-based Journal of Advanced Nursing also reported that music can relieve symptoms of depression by up to 5%.
Improve Physical Performance
Choosing music that can motivate you makes it easier to start moving. Music makes it easy to walk, dance, jog or exercise. It also makes exercise more enjoyable and not feel like work. This is because music reduces feelings of fatigue, encourages psychological arousal and relaxation response and improves motor coordination
Beat insomnia with music. It is a safe and inexpensive way of relaxing and falling asleep. People who suffer from insomnia have found that listening to Bach for 45 minutes can help contribute to a restful night. Studies have found that relaxing music can decrease anxiety, blood pressure, sympathetic nervous system activity and respiratory rate. This can have positive effects on the brain through muscle relaxation and decrease distraction from disturbing thoughts.