Via American Psychological Association : At its core, music is sound, and sound is rooted in vibration. Led by Lee Bartel, PhD, a music professor at the University of Toronto, several researchers are exploring whether sound vibrations absorbed through the body can help ease the symptoms of Parkinson’s disease, fibromyalgia and depression. Known as vibroacoustic therapy,… Read More Music as Medicine
Via Everyday Health : Many of the pain medications we use after a heart procedure bind to small receptors in the brain to lower the sensation of pain. Our strongest pain medications, narcotics, work through the brain’s opioid receptors and through the release of oxytocin. Even during painful procedures like open-heart surgery, music can increase the natural… Read More Music and the Heart: A Healing Influence
Via the American Psychological Association : The researchers found significantly higher levels of brainwave activity in participants when they were listening to music. More important, said Charyton, brainwave activity in people with epilepsy tended to synchronize more with the music, especially in the temporal lobe, than in people without epilepsy. For full article click here.
Via BBC : Listening to music before, during and after an operation can help reduce pain, according to a review. Researchers at Queen Mary University of London said the patients who had listened to music had been less anxious after their surgery and had needed less pain relief. Writing in the Lancet, they said music… Read More Music ‘reduces pain and anxiety’ for surgery patients
Via Huffington Post : The impact of art, music, and writing can be seen in your physical body as well. In fact, this study published in the Journal of Psychosomatic Medicine used writing as a treatment for HIV patients found that writing resulted in “improvements of CD4+ lymphocyte counts.” That’s the fancy way of saying: the act of writing actually… Read More The Health Benefits of Creativity
Via the National Institutes of Health’s Library of Medicine : Chronic diseases are a nationwide burden, with cardiovascular disease being the leading cause of death during the past century and the incidence of diabetes continuing to increase, now affecting more than 20 million Americans. These diseases are associated with psychosocial difficulties such as depression and chronic stress,… Read More The Connection Between Art, Healing, and Public Health
Via the National Institutes of Health’s ‘News in Health’ : For thousands of years, people have searched for the meaning and beauty of life in music, painting, poetry and other arts. Now scientists are finding that the arts can benefit both your mental and physical health. Current research is following a number of paths. Some… Read More How the Arts Affect Your Health