In just about every corner of the globe there is the sound of music vibrating through the airwaves. Whether listening to tunes on an MP3 player, having a night out at a restaurant or club, or even having a catchy jingle stuck in the mind, music seems to be in just about every aspect of life. For some it has been seen to be a great way to pass time and for others music is used to help with emotions. The majority of people today either listen to music over devices or play it in the form of musical instruments. However, there is more to music that just simple entertainment. It has been seen and proven scientifically that music carries physical and mental health benefits that most people are not aware of.
According to Prof. Levitin there has been a large amount of evidence which shows that music plays a huge role in health care settings from operating rooms to family clinics. He stated that science and doctors alike have been able to record the effects of music on the neurochemical workings in the four domains of stress, management of mood, aiding in social bonding, and lastly immunity. Results have been documented to show that music increases antibodies which have an important role in immunity of the mucous system. This system is known as the immunoglobulin A. It has been seen that music also increases the body’s natural killer cell counts. These are the cells which attack germs and bacteria that swarm through the human body. In the areas of stress it is stated, according to Levitin and Dr. Mona Lisa Chanda, that partaking in the listening of music lowers the elevation of the stress hormone known as cortisol. Music has even been seen to be a successful cure for depression when accompanied by standard treatment.
Another way that music carries physical and mental health benefits has been seen in the area of studying. Some older research on the subject showed that test takers who listened to music were able to finish more question within a certain amount of time as well as get the correct answer to those questions. This research was to prove that music enhanced the cognitive performance of a person. However, this would suggest that the proper music was streamed in order to change the emotional state. Another way to look at this would be that music improves the memory capacity of person. With improved memory a college student, for instance, would be able to do the allotted amount of studying for his or her classes and be able to remember more of what was learned. This could potentially help with recalling the amount of information presented in these classes since there is a good quantity of material given within a one hour sitting. Perhaps, this may be the answer into getting more college students through school instead of failing or dropping out.
Aside from the mental benefits that come with listening to music, the physical health side to the coin is equally backed by science. The U.S is known to be one of the most obese countries of the world. Part of this is caused by the lack of exercise and overeating. However, music is seen to change the way in which people work out. When music hits the ear people have the tendency to feel the beat and get deep within the lyrics. Stated by USA Today, music acts as a distraction while a workout is in progress. While this distraction is going an extra mile may be run or another set of weightlifting may fly by without much notice.
The physical and mental health benefits carried by music are backed by doctors and science. New research and study are being placed into other conventional methods to health on a daily basis. If the simplicity of music provides health benefits for humans, just imagine the other things that have the potential to contribute in sustaining health.
By Isis E. Stevens