Music plays an important role in our lives. We listen to it in our cars, on the subway, at the gym, and sometimes during meals. For many of us, it’s an integral part of our daily routines.
We all know from our own personal experience how it affects our mood. Depending upon what type we are listening to, it can make us happy and upbeat, sad and reminiscent, or simply relaxed. Think about it—I bet you change what you listen to based on how you’re feeling (or how you would like to feel). I always seem to be in traffic jams, so for me, listening to classical music helps keep me calm while snarled on my way to/from work. But on Saturday evenings, you’ll find me serving up some Taio Cruz for a dance party with my toddler sons.
It can keep us calm or rev us up, but can listening to music actually improve your health? There’s a growing body of research showing that music, alone or in combination with other therapies, can significantly improve various health conditions.
Numerous imaging studies such as functional MRIs have shown that while we’re listening to music, our brain releases certain neurotransmitters such as dopamine, norepinephrine, and serotonin. These chemicals are related to the brain’s reward center, which gives us that “feel-good” feeling. In fact, antidepressants work by impacting these specific neurochemicals. If you’re living with depression, talk to your therapist about how you benefit from incorporating music into your treatment regimen.
Given music’s impact on mood, it’s not surprising that music therapy may help with dementia. It won’t reverse the symptoms or improve memory, but it can help with some of the behavioral and language issues that are particularly challenging to manage…..
Source: Web MD