Music as a treatment to improve health

Whenever you are listening to music a chemical in the brain, dopamine, responsible for providing a feeling being released

Recent research of chiropractor florence sc renews the idea that music can be a very useful tool for a variety of treatments. Listen to that one likes produces more welfare, because the body releases more amounts of a neurotransmitter associated with reward systems, dopamine. In fact, other studies had already linked to better cardiovascular health, relieving chronic pain and improving language and cognitive skills. The musical sphere therefore brings benefits.

Through listening to the music you like best a person that produce chemicals being released. It is the conclusion of a study conducted by researchers at McGill University in Montreal (Canada), and has been published in “Nature Neuroscience”. It is not the first time that is associated with well – being and several studies have already confirmed their ability to change moods. The novelty is that, for the first time has shown that levels of dopamine, the chemical that produces this effect, are up 9% higher when you hear something that pleases.

Dopamine acts through many functions: it influences behavior and cognition, motor activity, motivation and reward, regulation of milk production, sleep, attention and learning (levels are increased in response to stimuli or reward activities like food, sex or get money). And now, after the results of Canadian research, it is also related with humor and wellness.

Already it is known that dopamine produces a welfare state with certain tangible stimuli, like being in love. The researchers add that the fact of receiving pleasure through music could also be due to a system of abstract away the reward you get pleasure through food or other baser instincts.

Health benefits

The music develops attention, imagination and creativity, stimulates the ability to concentrate and memory

This work gives guarantees to past other findings, among which is one conducted at the University of Maryland (USA) who claims to hear the music that pleased promotes good cardiovascular health: when volunteers heard of this study which pleased them, their veins and arteries dilate 26%, which in medical terms is considered a very healthy response. While experts insist can not be considered as a treatment for such diseases, it does indicate that there may be another preventive strategy easily incorporated into everyday habits.

The same researchers explained in another similar study 30 minutes a day to listen not only serves as mentally relaxing, but has other benefits that extend to the rest of the body. The key is not so much the type of music, but in volume, the pace and the fact that it is the favorite of the listener. Although the effects on the bloodstream last a few seconds, the accumulation of lasting benefits and are very positive at all ages.

Such is his influence that experts say, just to hear that which one likes many benefits, do it with “unpleasant” music can produce counterproductive effects on mood and even cause constriction of blood vessels. The two studies confirm previous ones conducted by Brunel University in London (UK), in which it concluded that helps improve mood and increase athletic performance up to 15%.


But music not only involved in the welfare of the body. It also develops the ability to focus and promotes imagination and creativity, stimulates the ability to concentrate and memory short and long term, and develops a sense of order and analysis, facilitates learning and intelligence exercises.

The same brain areas involved in music perception also involved in language and reading assignments. Researchers at the Auditory Neuroscience Laboratory at Northwestern University (USA) suggested just a year ago at the annual meeting of the “American Association for the Advancement of Science” (AAAS) that musical training improves language and cognitive skills in children, both with learning disabilities and without them. Similarly, music instruction, according to scientists, induces a greater sensitivity to emotions .

Music as therapy used in the treatment of ailments such as hypertension, anxiety, depression and stress, and sleep disturbances. It is also used in the rehabilitation of psychotic disorders, autism and adolescents with behavioral disorders. As its listener involved in the production or inhibition of neurotransmitters in the body, through it, you try to cause chemical reactions that will improve, accelerate or facilitate learning.


In music education from childhood it is important so that the little ones can take advantage of all physiological and psychological benefits. They not only develop their aesthetic sensibility, but also their emotions. The truth is that there is a direct relationship between what you hear and how to think or act. It is also important how music, ie, a more or less high volume, pace or speed, the intensity, the amount of time the content of the lyrics or the type of dance associated listen to each song .

All these elements are various forms and social habits that will influence the way of being of the child and even in their dress. However, it is advisable to make good use of all elements. Regarding the volume, for example, when it is too high it can cause poor concentration, impaired nervous system and impaired hearing health.

According to a US official method, the Tomatis method, music education and hearing can begin in the womb. Alfred Tomatis was a French otolaryngologist who revealed the middle of last century that the embryo encodes vibrations. This discovery was the beginning of the audiopsicofonolog√≠a. According to this theory, it is advisable for pregnant sing (albeit out of tune), because the voice via spine and filtration of the amniotic fluid, reaches the embryo. It listens and perceives sound through a “preo√≠do” that develops from three weeks of gestation.

Music, therefore, you can enable listening and in the embryo, fundamental to all life stages, according to Tomatis. So important is the listening that does not operate the sense of hearing can result in serious learning disabilities and speech. In short, welfare and health since even before birth.

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