Music does well to heart health and provides joy and well-being
That music does well to body and mind, everyone knows already felt). You hear a chord there, another chord there, and in a few seconds you are seized by calming emotions that make you travel back in time and relax.
But you knew that in addition to relaxing, rejoicing and bringing back memories and homesickness, music can act in our body curing diseases?
A survey conducted by the University of Maryland School of Medicine in Baltimore in the United States analyzed 10,000 volunteers who were smokers and without health problems. volunteers who chose a song that would make them feel good and one that would increase their anxiety.
After the research, scientists realized that the blood vessels in the volunteers' arms dilated in 26% after listening to a song joyful, while songs that resembled sadness and caused anxiety caused a 6% reduction in blood flow.
Do you know why this happens?
When we listen to music, our listen it turns the sounds into electrical stimuli that get to our brain causing increased endorphin production.
This hormone, in turn, causes a sense of well-being and relaxes the body, lowering heart rate and blood pressure.
"Our organism is endowed with a Sound Identity, called ISO, which commands our perception and production of sounds. When there is an imbalance in this system, the sick person feels less motivated and sadder and the music manages to bring back the balance that it needs, "explains the founder and coordinator of FMU's music therapy course, Maristela Smith. Sonor Identity works
We are all born with the ability to produce universal sounds, such as coughing, sneezing, snapping fingers, among others, but through our sound identity we produce these sounds in different ways and we are able to identify the So, a simple sneeze, for example, is a sound produced by everyone, but each of us has a particular way of sneezing.And this happens with all other sounds produced by our body: heartbeat,
When a person is sick, these inner sounds end up coming out of their natural rhythm, which is harmonic, entering into an imbalance, and it is at that moment that the music can be used as treatment. "Through external sounds, that is, of music and other everyday sounds, we can bring this patient back to his rhythmic balance and this favors his recovery", explains Maristela.
But it is not only to the heart that music has done well
The sensation of pleasure while listening to music is so great that it has become an instrument of medical therapies aiding in the recovery of patients with various ailments and has given great results.
They are hypertensive, patients with chronic conditions, children with cognitive problems and even those with special needs: "music therapy has the power to heal or at least ease the health problems of patients without the use of medicines." Not that it replaces conventional treatment, but often the process of recovery reducing the suffering of the patient, "explains the music therapist Suzana Brunhara.
How does music therapy work?
The sessions are in groups or individual and depend very much on the profile of each patient. In general, they go through an evaluation, through a questionnaire in which they have to report all their health history and their musical preferences, and then through listening sessions and production of different types of sounds. to perceive the patient's reactions to each sound that he listens to then identify what moves his emotions the most.After that, we will combine activities that have to do with his problem to songs that bring him to the balance, explains the music therapist Suzana Brunhara .
Although many people confuse, the person's musical history is not directly related to her personal taste, but rather the reactions she has to certain sounds.
That way, you may like rock , but to have a headache when listening to this genre for a long time.
"History can indeed be determined by particular taste, but in general, it is linked to our auditory memory that records the sensations that certain beats cause in our organism so that whenever we listen to it, we feel the same sensation, "says Suzana.
If the music does not please, the pain may be greater
Suzana explains that the choice of music is fundamental for the healing of the patient. Choosing music that is unsuitable for the person's clinical condition can intensify the symptoms and even cause serious adverse effects, depending on the case. "If the patient suffers from a psychic disturbance, for example, and hears a song that changes him, he may have a psychotic outbreak, for example.Therefore, it takes a lot of observation during the first few days of treatment and the person's musical history, "he explains.
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