How to Power-Up Your Body's
Health. Hint: Music Helps
How to get a brain that develops symmetrically
In early childhood there is a big emphasis on ensuring a child’s brain develops bilaterally. Reading, for example, is a complex skill made harder by a child’s inability to track with their eyes and so maintain concentration. An active music class helps children prepare for learning. But how?Musicians, and pianists in particular, are shown to have a more symmetrical brain that has increased communication between the left and right side. It’s felt that more research is needed to see the benefit of that.
Here, at Edelweiss Pianos, we wonder if we already know the answer. If music aids in child development, maybe a symmetrical brain can aid our concentration levels in an ever-increasingly distracting world. It will be intriguing to keep an eye on the research.
While you may not be a musician - it matters not. The average person listens to music 32 hours a week and listening to music alone is a full brain workout.
It is for this reason that it is so helpful for anyone suffering with a condition that affects the neuropathways. But did you realise that music helps ease the suffering of people with cancer or chronic pain too?
Why you may think of music as being like a drug
It has been proven that music, especially your own choice of song, dramatically reduces the amount of pain experienced during operations. You see a drop in pain medication needed. But why?
Many researchers believe it’s because listening to music triggers the release of your body’s natural pain relievers.
This was researched in Canada. Subjects had less enjoyment listening to their favourite song when given a drug that blocks opioid signals. So they concluded that listening to music releases natural opioids. Manmade drugs in this family include morphine and codeine.
Although releasing 100% natural chemicals, it goes some way towards explaining why creatives describe music as their drug. It’s a proven precursor to getting mellow.
The holistic way music helps activate our brain…
This image shows how music helps every aspect of our brain to be used in some way, particularly when we play an instrument.
…And the knock-on effect on your body
It is interesting how music can affect your other senses and abilities. Not only does music help with pain in operations, it also aids with post-operative confusion and delirium in elderly patients.
Classical music can also improve the visual attention in stroke victims - at least, it has been shown to in one small study.
At Edelweiss, we do not yet believe that music can cure anything. And wouldn’t dream of supposing that it can.
But if it can make the experience better for anyone who is sick at the moment then it’s worth helping, right? That’s one of the many reasons why we have been adding music to your inboxes these past few weeks.
You can have this FREE precursor to better health, too.