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Music Therapy Used to Speed Up Recovery

Music Soothes the Soul but Can It Heal the Heart?

Music has the power to touch our souls. Since listening to certain types of music soothes the mind and reduces anxiety, hospitals all over the US are trying out music therapy on patients suffering from ailments such as brain disorders, heart problems, and cancer, and are discovering it's helping speed up recovery time.

Dr. Claudius Conrad, a senior surgical resident at Harvard Medical School and a gifted pianist, says, “Research has already shown that if you play a piece — like Mozart — at a certain slow beat, the listener will adapt their heart beat to the beat of the music.” Critically ill patients were able to take fewer sedatives when listening to classical piano sonatas, and their blood pressure and heart rates eased. Patients also had a 50 percent spike in pituitary growth hormone, which is known to stimulate healing. So it's not the fact that a song can make us smile — music can actually affect how the brain and body functions.

Classical music has been a top choice for doctors and surgeons since according to researchers at Gagnon Cardiovascular Institute in New Jersey, "vibrations of stringed instruments in particular are said to mesh with the energy of the heart, small intestine, pericardium, and thyroid and adrenal glands." Not everyone loves Beethoven and Chopin though, so it's recommended to listen to joyful music that brings out a natural high and gets your endorphins and blood flowing. Tell me, if you were sick or in recovery, what type of music would you want to listen to?


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Spectra Spectra 8 years
I love classical music. It's very soothing and you don't have to focus on any lyrics. I'd listen to Vivaldi and maybe some Mozart or Beethoven if I were recovering from something.
La-Tua-Cantante La-Tua-Cantante 8 years
I think that's really cool
Kimpossible Kimpossible 8 years
My husband's aunt is a music therapist for medical patients.
Nyrina-Windu Nyrina-Windu 8 years
I think that it can speed up recovery too because it can keep you positive and lift your spirit when you're feeling down at your worst moments. Music can take your mind off of a lot of things.
bigestivediscuit bigestivediscuit 8 years
I do think that music can bring joy and really lift one's spirits, thus possibly helping speed up recovery. I would choose classical music, but probably not Chopin as that would depress me, but maybe some baroque or French impressionistic music.
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