Health: Music effective against cancer, heart issues, stroke among other things

Feb 08, 2017, 15:00 IST | mid-day online correspondent

Ways in which music affects our health
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According to recent study conducted at major medical institution in New Delhi, music therapy is known to be beneficial for patients dealing with Autism, Learning Disabilities, Parkinson's, Alzheimer's, Cancer, as well as patients suffering from Neurological Disorders or Trauma.

The research revealed that cancer patients who participated in some form of music therapy reported reduced anxiety and pain.

Patients with brain injuries, on ventilators, experienced consistent benefits from music.

Listening to enjoyable music may be good for cardiovascular health. Researchers at an American university recently discovered that joyful music may promote heart health.

Rousing operatic music, like Puccini's Nessun Dorma, full of crescendos and diminuendos is best and could help stroke rehabilitation.

Scientists say, listening to music stimulates the production of dopamine in the brain. The brain reacts similarly to the sight of delicious food or anything that looks/sounds interesting. 

When a person listens to calm, relaxing music, more blood flows to these parts and to the nerve ends, which release this chemical. Good music relaxes and opens up the endothelium of blood vessels.

The heart is not the only organ that benefits from music. Studies say that music makes the brain learn better.

Blues can calm the nerves and slow down the heart rate, while Rock and Punk can boost your mood levels and give an adrenaline and energy boost.

Reggae has been found to actually help with anger issues. It is also believed that this genre calms the heart and brings it to the healthy rate.

Classical music is played to steady the breath, uplift the mood and has the power to calm an individual down. This kind of music has a beneficial effect on the brain and helps to coordinate left and right brain activity.

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