No one likes to be in the hospital, least of all children. Studies now show that music can be the best medicine for adults and children alike. Even the tiniest babies benefit from music. Physicians teamed up with music therapists to gauge the effects of music on premature infants. They played three different types of music for the babies: a lullaby sung by a parent, the sounds of the womb, and an instrument that simulates a heartbeat. They found all three helped calm the babies, but singing was the most effective, and had a calming effect on the parents as well.
Music is very effective when used to lower stress and reduce pain. It strengthens the immune system and in some cases, was more effective at reducing pre-operative stress than medication. Doctors are experimenting with sound vibrations and their ability to reduce the effects of diseases such Parkinson’s and fibromyalgia.
Individuals with depression and anxiety show marked improvements when music was included in their therapies. Music allows people to express themselves differently and the harmony and rhythm of music has calming attributes which slow heartbeats, and can stimulate the release of hormones related to pleasure centers in the brain.
Music therapy falls into two categories: active and passive. During active music therapy, participants sing or play a musical instrument. In passive therapy, participants listen to music while doing things like meditating, drawing, or writing.
If you suffer from insomnia, music is a solution you should consider. Studies show that 15 to 45 minutes of music before bed can improve the quality of sleep. The best choices are pieces you’re familiar with and that have a slow, steady rhythm, such as classical music. Music acts on the central nervous system to calm and relax your body. It’s a great way to improve your sleep without the grogginess sometimes associated with sleep aids.
At Bialek’s Music, we understand the benefits of music and how it improves any occasion. Call us anytime at 301-340-6206 in the Washington DC area, or at 410-484-7978 in the Baltimore area to set up an appointment.