Just because something looks simple does not necessarily make it so. This is a stumbling block that I often conventional scientists in when discussing alternative or complementary therapies to see. How can the daily diet may be as effective as a drug that has made millions of dollars and countless doctors and doctors to create? Laughter is a pleasurable activity, but it can not possibly improve cardiovascular health or survival in patients with cancer. The notion that ‘non-serious activities such as artistic expression, listening to music or practicing generosity and kindness can change the physiology is a difficult pill to swallow for many allopathically like-minded researchers.
Fortunately, some researchers take the study of mind-body medicine very seriously. One of the most intriguing examples is in the field of music. A current report from the Department of Psychology at the University of Sussex methodically highlights how sounds can literally alter the composition of the body and mind. According to the survey, the extent to which music touches the man is quite broad and profound. The document describes it this way: “Music engages sensory processes, attention, memory-related processes, perception-action mediation, multi-sensory integration, changes in the activities in the focus of emotional processing, processing of musical syntax and musical meaning, and social cognition. ” To illustrate how some of these concepts to apply in the real world, I have compiled several relevant studies recently published in the scientific literature. (1)
- Music therapy for mother and child – A group of women suffering from labor and who were considered “high risk pregnancies” were provided with 30 minutes of music therapy for 3 consecutive days. A separate group of women were asked to just rest for the same period. This latter group served as a comparison model. The women that music therapy was documented in lower anxiety and less physiological reactions associated with childbirth. Music therapy has also recently shown that premature babies, those of “inconsolable crying” suffering during periods when their parents or therapists are not present to comfort. Lastly, exposing preemies to sonatas by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart seems to help them to burn fewer calories and therefore gain weight and become stronger. Researchers from Tel Aviv University’s Sackler School of Medicine theory that highly repetitive melodies of Mozart, so the babies feel less agitated “the organizational centers of the cortex of the brains can influence.” (2,3,4)
- Music therapy in nursing