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Music: Singing Your Way To Better Health

Music: Singing Your Way To Better Health

Music: Singing Your Way To Better Health

 
Music is an amazing tool and something that all the different cultures of humanity has in common. It is a part of who we are and for some of us, it helps us to relax or stimulate us. Music can even lift our moods and inspire us. Music is something that touches us. It causes an emotional connection that has the power to calm our heart and help us sleep. Let’s explore music as a medicine.
 

Music Help Patients

You’re driving down the road and a song comes on the radio and with it come a flood of memories, this is due to the fact that as humans we relate to music and thus we relate music to things. Music helps us to remember events, people, place, and things that we experience. For people with dementia, music can be a gateway.
 
There are a variety of theories about why music heals. The Alzheimer’s Foundation of America explains that our brain does not need to use much energy to translate responses to rhythms. This is especially true when we know the music. Music helps us remember.
 
— That which is familiar takes less of our brain power. For patients with dementia and mental disorders, that is powerful —
 
Music is relaxing and can calm the heart, which is the revulsive effect in medical terms. It is also thought to help deal with pain. An article published in the Journal of Behavioral Medicine in 1997 discusses McKinney’s study. That study claims music can cause the body to release beta-endorphins. Beta-endorphins are a natural form of opiate-like painkillers.
 

Music Helps Achieve Positive Change

When a person is overly active and needs to calm down music can help achieve this goal. For a calming mood, use music with a slower rhythm. With Alzheimer and dementia patients if the goal is more of a mental response then the music should be familiar to the person. Tricia Yearwood has a song called, “The Song Remembers When,” that not only tells the story of how music helps us remember, but calms us down too.
 
When caregivers want to encourage their residents to become more active, they can turn to upbeat tempos to help achieve that goal. Maintaining health is a goal of many seniors and music with a beat helps to keep people active regardless of their age. The Andrew Sisters’ Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy is a perfect example of how music helps get people moving.
 
Healthcare professionals have explored the use of classical music to help control pain. They found the best classical music for pain relief is those songs with a slow, steady rhythm so says the Arthritis Foundation. This YouTube video offers over an hour of classical music and is a perfect example of the type of music that helps with pain management is. Music helps ease our pain by helping the body release natural painkillers – endorphins.
 
Another way to understand the power of music is look at the power of lullabies. Lullabies are the perfect example of music with a soothing and sedating effect. When we need to calm an anxious mind, we can turn to music. Much like lullabies that help babies fall asleep, music with a slow tempo helps to soothe the human body and quiet the mind. In fact, music is such a powerful aid to those who suffer from anxiety, OCD, or who are fearful that people now build playlists on sites like YouTube.
 

Positive Reaction To Music

The power of music is that we relate to it. Our body has a rhythm of its own, consider your heartbeat as a metronome. It is nearly impossible to be anxious when your heart is beating slowly. The relationship between a racing heart and anxiety goes back to the flight or flight instinct. Being able to control our pulse rate gives us a chance of controlling health issues. Music can control pain, anxiety, depression, and even moods.
 

Drug Free Therapy

These musical therapies do not always work, nor do they work for everyone. But they do it offer a set of amazing tools that are not drug-related. You also don’t have to pay a copay to listen and enjoy music. For the elderly music is a way to reconnect, even in end-stage-dementia cases. No music is not the new cure-all, but it is a tool that helps people relax, find soothing places, and it also works for many different situations.
 
For elderly people, listening music while at the dentist can help relieve stress. When in a dining room music can help stimulate conversation. Even while going about your daily life music can help reduce the painful effect of arthritis. Music can help seniors get the most out of life.
 
At Sunshine Retirement Living we understand the positive benefits of music. We see its effects every day. For more information about Sunshine Retirement Living contact us today.

*This blog was first published here: Sunshine Retirement Living