Luv my music! It never fails to lift my spirits and make my days brighter!! And I know that many others feel the same. But, did you know that music may actually help boost our health as well as our mood?
tells us that music can alter our brain chemistry, and these changes may produce cardiovascular benefits, as shown by different studies. Apparently, music engages not only our auditory system but many other parts of our brain as well, including the areas responsible for movement, language, attention, memory, and emotion. In fact, according to Brian Harris, certified neurologic music therapist at Harvard-affiliated Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital, "There is no other stimulus on earth that simultaneously engages our brains as widely as music does." And he says that this effect happens whether we listen to music, play an instrument, or sing - even informally in the car or the shower or anywhere for that matter.
STUDIES HAVE FOUND THAT LISTENING TO MUSIC MAY:
- enable people to exercise longer during cardiac stress testing done on a treadmill or stationary bike
- improve blood vessel function by relaxing arteries
- help heart rate and blood pressure levels to return to baseline more quickly after physical exertion
- ease anxiety in heart attack survivors
- help people recovering from heart surgery to feel less pain and anxiety.
NOTABLE EFFECTS ARE:
- Listening to or creating music triggers the release of dopamine, a brain chemical that makes people feel engaged and motivated.
- Sound processing begins in the brainstem, which also controls the rate of your heartbeat and respiration.
- This connection could explain why relaxing music may lower heart rate, breathing rate, and blood pressure - and also seems to ease pain, stress, and anxiety.
OF SPECIAL NOTE:
- Research suggests that music selected by the patient shows more beneficial effects than music chosen by someone else so choose music that you luv.
- Remember to keep the loudness within in a safe range.
And finally, for your consideration:
You just may want to treat yourself to a new sound system since you've found out just how good music is for your heart health LOL!
A good article to further read up on "Music and the Heart: A Healing Influence" can be found at: