4 ways sound can heal you
Sound and frequency are universal in our world. Everything has a resonance, as the great Nikola Tesla said, "If you want to find the secrets of the universe, think in terms of energy, frequency and vibration".
Sound and music have the power to heal us in various ways, from deep sound therapy to the beats on your home system. Here are four ways sound can heal you…
In 2017 a five-year-long study from Spine Institute of New York found that patients recovering from back surgery had increased rates of healing and reported less pain when music therapy was integrated into their rehabilitation. The therapy consisted of breathing exercises followed by half an hour of live music of the patients’ choice.
Listening to music (and dancing) releases endorphins in the brain, which can lead to euphoria. In addition to feeling euphoric, endorphins aid the reduction of anxiety, easing pain and stabilising the immune system. Similarly, music also reduces the body’s production of cortisol, the stress hormone, which also helps with decreasing anxiety.
Music therapy involves a range of different activities that use music for healing; like singing, breathing exercises accompanied by music or simply actively listening to live music for specific periods of time. According to the British Association for Music Therapy music “activates more parts of the brain than other sensory stimuli”. So it is used for bespoke integrative therapies designed for people who have suffered brain injuries, those with disabilities, mental health issues and even helping newborn babies bond with their parents.
Due to its positive effect on our cognitive wellbeing, both listening to, and playing, music has been proven to aid neuroplasticity - your brain’s ability to adapt and repair. This has been demonstrated in studies of dementia patients, or those with brain injuries, as well musicians who were shown to have had a more developed frontal cortex than non-musicians.
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