Using Music Like a Drug
Let The Music Play
Music therapy is the use of patient-chosen music based modalities such as listening, drumming, lyric writing or analyst, or composition for a specified end, such as calming anxiety, dissipating anger, feeling loss, or relieving depressive or sad feelings-(Developmental- Behavioral Pediatrics- 2009)
Music calms nerves ‘before surgery”as well as a sedative”
The university of Pennsylvania study of 157 people found that listening to music reduced anxiety, blood pressure and heart rate just as well as a sedative.
The patients were listening to what was labeled -“the world”s most relaxing song.
After listening to the song, I am not surprised that patients said they would prefer to choose their own music It would bring heart and soul into the picture.
The researchers are paying heed and are now interested in finding out whether the type of music and how it is played to patients makes a difference to the results.
Music has always played the part of a drug in my life, and there was different music for each ailment, Blues for when I was in a sad mood, music for when I was in love; Nina Simone and Soloman Burke were my two regular go to singers; Classical or select Jazz for studying; Otis Redding, Wilson Picket James Brown and select Reggae for my happy solo dancing moods
Joan Armatrading, Tracy Chapman, Jimmy Smith and Miles Davis when I was relaxing for peaceful pleasure; Bob Dylan and Bob Marley, when I was reflecting on the state of affairs. So much time is spent creating these days that music is somewhat missing.
The song was Weightless by UK band Marconi Union, played while the patients were having an anaesthetic to numb the region of the body.
While listening to the song, I felt like I was floating in space, but definitely it would be a hit for studying.
The researchers went on to point out that feeling anxious before surgery can affect recovery because of the stress hormones produced in the body, pointing out drugs that reduce anxiety can have side -effect whereas music medicine was virtually harm free; I love the next word coming from the researchers -Inexpensive.
Quote from Dr. Venna Graff, assistant professor of anesthesiology and critical care from the University of Pansylvania Perelman School of Medicine.
“Music lights up the emotional area of the brain, the reward system and the pleasure part ways”; exactly what I meant by bring the heart and soul into the picture.
I also have a little secret for when I attend my favorite uncomfortable place- in the dentist chair, I would squeeze the left thumb with the first finger and right thumb as hard as is necessary to transfer any pain or fear from mouth to the thumb.
A blog was recently posted on Music Therapy, in helping stroke victims to regain their speech, as it was discovered that some stroke victims could sing but not talk, The therapy was working for a Jazz singer, 2 famous people and a member of a choir. In Australia
Music therapy has helped patients during operations. Patients like Anna Marie Whitlock playing the flute and Musa Manzini playing the guitar.
It is even suggested that music can help improve the lives of people with Dementia
music in the work place in being introducing more and more to boost production. Music played a vital role in the survival of Slaves.
Music Therapy will receive more and more focus as research discoveries unfold.
Check out the podcast n BBC and for more information on Music Therapy, just Google the subject.
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