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Author Name: G.P.Hegde SDMIT Ujire

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Musics As Medicine
MUSIC AS MEDICINE No one is sure exactly how music heals, but it looks our brains are wired to respond to it. There is something intrinsically musical about the brain’s neurological structure and the muscular function of the human organism. At non verbal level, music activates our minds, integrates our attention, and seems to help regulate some body functions. In fact, the right song seems to work in more than one way distracting us from pain, boosting mood, reviving old memories, even prompting the body to match its rhythms. “We know music is so incredibly complex. It has tempo, rhythm, melody, harmony. And so it simulates the brain in many ways at once. Researchers at Colorado State University in Fort Collins found that stroke victims and people with Parkinson’s disease walked more steadily and with better balance speed if they practiced while nearing a steady metronome beat or a piece of music with a strong even rhythm. “Rhythm has a powerful, organizing effect on motor skills,” “It helps synchronize movement almost immediately.” The same process may help explain music’s ability to lower heart rate, blood pressure, and breathing rates- and there by ease stress, say director of music therapy at the Ireland Cancer Center, University Hospitals in Cleveland. “When I sing or play music for someone before or after a hospital procedure, I see these results every quickly.” What Music Can Do for the Listener. Clinical studies and anecdotal evidence from music therapists suggest that the sound of music… o Manages pain o Improves mood and mobility of people with Parkinson’s disease. o Reduces the need for sedatives and pain o Relievers during and after surgery. o Decreases nausea during chemotherapy. o Helps patients participate in medical treatment that shortens hospital stays. o Relieves anxiety. o Lowers blood pressure. o Eases depression. o Enhances concentration and creativity. o Babies crying without reason will be silent if hear to lullabies. o Relieves Headache and tension The best part is that to take advantage of music’s healing power, you don’t need to take a prescription to your local music store. You don’t even have to go to the music store at all. The home remedies you need are probably already in your music collection. There is no set prescription, no particular piece of music that will make everyone feel better or more relaxed.” What count is familiarity, musical taste and the kinds of memories, feelings and associations a piece of music bring to mind. Some people relax to classical music, others like the moody Blues. The key is to individualize your musical selections.” You can design your musical “Prescription.” Just follow these guidelines, using your own favorite music or our suggestions, to cope with specific health problems. To Beat Depression The Research: Moods rose and depression feels for 20 people, ages 61 to 86, who listened to familiar music they selected while practicing various stress- reduction technique- on own or with the help of a music therapist- according to a study from Stanford University School of Medicine. Meanwhile, a control group who missed out on the music and the exercises saw no improvement during the 8-week study period. If you feel depressed, see a doctor for treatment. But if you’re simply stuck in a blue mood, try this musical approach: BEST MUSIC: Upbeat, energetic, rhythmic selections. LISTENING STRATEGY: While the music plays, perform gentle exercises, depending on your fitness level. Let the music move you. Keep your movements light and flowing. Breathe to the music. With each new phrase, find a new way to move. Gently come o rest at the end of the music. To GET TO SLEEP THE RESEARCH: Classical and New Age music helped 24 of 25 people with sleeping problems nod off more quickly, snooze for longer periods of time, or get back to sleep more easily after a middle- of – the –night Awakening, according to a study from the University Of Louisville School Of Nursing. BEST MUSIC: Quiet, melodic pieces with a slow beat and few, if any, rhythmic accents. LISTENING STRATEGY: Begin shifting into low gear after supper. Skip the after-dinner coffee, & avoid telephone calls and TV after 9 pm. Play softer and quieter music as bedtime approaches. Continue listening in bed with a tape recorder or CD player equipped with a silent on/off switch. Lie quietly, taking even, deep breaths. To REDUCE STRESS THE RESEARCH: Many studies have found that soothing melodies can ease anxious feelings and quiet both blood pressure and heart rate even under very stressful condition. Everyday stress responds to music too. BEST MUSIC:” Look for something that deeply focuses your attention, so that the worries of the day-your concern about what’s happened earlier and your plans away; you want to free your mind and district yourself. The music must grab your attention and at the same time relax your body.” LISTENING STRATEGY: Sit or lie down in a comfortable position, in a place where you will not be disturbed. After listening for a few minutes, add a relaxation exercise: Starting at your feet, gently tighten, then relax your muscles. “you can feel refreshed after listening for as little as 10 minutes,” “Afterward , you may find that you’re able to think more clearly and approach the rest of your day with a more positive, relaxed outlook.” TO RELIEVE PAIN THE RESEARCH: Physical discomforts from postoperative pain to chronic aches-can be eased with following melodies and distracting rhythms, music therapists and researches say. People who listened to their favorite music while awake during a surgical procedure needed smaller amounts of sedative and pain medication than those who didn’t hear music. Application of music can bring temporary relief from both short-term pain &long-term discomforts associated with chronic medical condition.” music won’t eliminate the need for pain relievers,” but it may help them be more effective.” BEST MUSIC: Gentle, soothing stress-reducing selection. you want to break the pain cycle but sending your cues to relax and by occupying and distracting your mind. Gentle flowing music or music with a slow steady pulse can help promote relaxation, which can then alter your perception of pain. “LISTENING STATERGY: Sit or lie in a comfortable position while the music plays.” Take at least 15 minutes to concentrate fully on the music,” “this is more than background music,” “this is more than background music for washing the dishes or reading the newspaper. Give it your full attention.” Indian music like Raga Malakamsa gives us a devotional mood and reduces mind depression and tension. Similarly Raga Boop gives us a relief from high blood pressure. By G.P.Hegde Lecture, SDMIT Ujire 9448418290 gphegde123@gmail.com



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