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Music Can Heal the Wounds Which Medicine Cannot Touch

Music Can Heal the Wounds Which Medicine Cannot Touch

Music is one of the oldest tools in medicine, with a longstanding history across time and cultures. Music has been used not only for pain management by medical professionals but also to facilitate the mental health and well-being of an individual. The range of music is wide, which transcends the narrow realms of diverse cultures and communities. Music is a phenomenon that surpasses the physical and material barriers and is found in Nature itself. The greatest playwright of all times, William Shakespeare has stated in one of his plays Ā –

Thereā€™s not the smallest orb which thou beholdā€™st
But in his motion like an angel sings,
Still choiring to the young-eyed cherubins.
Such harmony is in immortal souls,
But whilst this muddy vesture of decay
Doth grossly close it in, we cannot hear it.

Shared below are a current understanding of neural underpinnings of musical perception and experience:

Music reduces the side effects of cancer therapy: Ā Listening to music reduces anxiety associated with chemotherapy and radiotherapy. It can also quell nausea and vomiting for patients receiving chemotherapy.

Music helps with physical thernĀ  apy and rehabilitation: If you exercise to a playlist, you’ve probably noticed that music helps you stick to your routine. In fact, a 2011 analysis of several studies suggest that music therapy enhances people’s physical, psychological, cognitive, and emotional functioning during physical rehabilitation programs.

Music aids pain relief: Ā Music therapy has been tested in a variety of patients, ranging from those with intense short-term pain to those with chronic pain from arthritis. Overall, music therapy decreases pain perception, reduces the amount of pain medication needed, helps relieve depression in patients, and gives them a sense of better control over their pain.

Music helps restore lost speech:Ā Music therapy can help people who are recovering from a stroke or traumatic brain injury that has damaged the left-brain region responsible for speech. Because singing ability originates in the right side of the brain, people can work around the injury to the left side of their brain by first singing their thoughts and then gradually dropping the melody. Former U.S. Representative Gabby Giffords used this technique to enable her to testify before a Congressional committee two years after a gunshot wound to her brain destroyed her ability to speak.

The researchers have found that listening to and playingĀ musicĀ increases the body’s production of the antibody immunoglobulin A and natural killer cells ā€” the cells that attack invading viruses and boost the immune system’s effectiveness.Ā MusicĀ also reduces levels of the stress hormone, cortisol. Therefore, it is said-

Music brings us pleasure and releases our suffering

It also calms us down and helps us in being more productiveā€¦..

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