Music is one of the few activities that involve the whole brain. It is intrinsic to all cultures and can have surprising benefits not only for learning language, improving memory and focusing attention, but also for physical coordination and development.
Of course, music can be distracting if it's too loud or too jarring. But for the most part, exposure to many kinds of music has beneficial effects:
1- Effective therapy for pain
Music can be helpful to those suffering from physical pain; studies have shown that people who listen to music that is soothing have requested less pain medication after surgery and that relaxation music can also help them manage chronic pain.
2- Reducing blood pressure
By playing recordings of relaxing music every time, people with high blood pressure can train themselves to lower their blood pressure - and keep it low. According to research reported at the American Society of Hypertension meeting in New Orleans, listening to just 30 minutes of classical, Celtic, or raga music every day may significantly reduce high blood pressure.
3- Medicine for the heart
Music has been proved good for heart. Some experts even say that it can work as a medicine for your heart. When you listen to your favourite music for sufficient time it produces 'happy' hormones, which make you happy. Music beats also helps in improving your heart rate and in breathing a great deal.
4- Speeds Post-Stroke Recovery
Music works on the autonomic nervous system - the part of the nervous system responsible for controlling our blood pressure, heartbeat and brain function - as also the limbic system - the part of the brain that controls feelings and emotions. According to one piece of research, both these systems react sensitively to music.
When slow rhythms are played, our blood pressure and heartbeat slow down which helps us breathe more slowly, thus reducing muscle tension in our neck, shoulders, stomach and back. Experts say that apart from physical tension music also reduces psychological tension in our mind.
In other words when we feel pain, we become frightened, frustrated and angry which makes us tense up hundreds of muscles in our back. When you listen to music on a regular basis it helps the body relax physically and mentally, thus helping to relieve - and prevent - back pain.
5- Chronic headaches & migraine remedy
A new study from Austria's General Hospital of Salzburg due to be published in The Vienna Medical Weekly Journal could hold the key to back pain. In the study, 65 patients aged between 21 and 68 with chronic back pain after back surgery were divided into two groups.
One group received standard medical care and physiotherapy. The other group also listened to music and received visualization classes for 25 minutes every day for three weeks. Results found that the group who listened to music and used imagery experienced better pain relief than the group who did not.
Clinical psychologist Franz Wendtner who led the study says: "Music is an important part of our physical and emotional wellbeing - ever since we were babies in our mother's womb listening to her heartbeat and breathing rhythms."
'Listening to music for about 25 minutes every day for at least ten days can help prevent back pain and enable you to sleep better.'
6- Music boosts immunity
When you listen to your favourite music with lyrics it creates a positive emotional experience, which causes your body to release certain hormones that strengthen your body's self-defense mechanism.
7- Morning Inspiration
When you start the day filled with gratitude and inner peace, the rest of your day unfolds in a more harmonious way. Listening to relaxation music in the morning can help put you in a peaceful mood that will stay with you throughout the day.
8- Music improves memory performance
Music can be an effective and positive treatment for people dealing with mental health conditions.
"There are two distinct ways in which music therapy is used: either as a means of communication and self-expression or for its inherent restorative or healing qualities," says Bridget O'Connell.
"Someone who is very withdrawn may find that music can act as an outlet for expressing things that they are unable to put into words. It can also act as a stimulus to awaken buried memories or evoke emotional responses that may take weeks to achieve with talk therapies."
9- Music improves concentration and attention power
Easy listening music or relaxing classics improves the duration and intensity of concentration in all age groups and ability levels. It's not clear what type of music is better, or what kind of musical structure is necessary to help, but many studies have shown significant effects.
10- Music improves body movement and coordination
Music has been found to play an important role in life of people with movement disorders. It has helped them get back to their normal life, with improved body movements and coordination.
Listening to your favourite music can help you concentrate more on a given subject. It does so by keeping your mind free from all distractions and focusing on the given task instead.
At last, we would say that music is the only language that the whole world understands. Just switch your favourite music on and get going! Happy listening!