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Soft Music Is Still a Good Tip for Better Health

By Tom Herrin

Finding ways to improve health is not quite like finding a good financial investment.  People don’t have to be insiders in order to be successfully involved. Besides the traditional diet and exercise, there are a few other things that can enhance health.  One of the simplest can take less effort. There is no hard work, sweat, or near starvation when people listen to music. Listening to soft music has shown to have a pretty good impact on a few areas that are important to health.  One of the old standards in soft music is jazz.

It Can Have a Positive Effect on the Mind

Listening to jazz can do some interesting things to the mind.  In general, depending on the beat, there are a variety of things that may be impacted.  Different types of brain waves can be produced by those different kinds of beats. Some kinds can help the mind improve focus.  Others can increase the heart rate and increase energy. Many people find greater success with a workout when they listen to certain beats.  Still other kinds of beats can bring out greater creativity.

It May Provide Better Pain Relief

Studies have shown that listening to jazz, and other soft music, can lessen the intensity and duration of headaches, including migraines.  After listening to music for an hour per day for a week, listeners had a 21 percent decrease in pain while those who did not listen had a 2 percent increase in pain.  It has also been known to help with childbirth pain, postoperative pain, and help when used with anesthesia during surgery.

It May Reduce Stress

For many years, people have had the image of those who listen to jazz doing so as a way to relax and decrease their level of stress.  In studies, it has been proven to help people to be able to sleep more successfully. It also may help to reduce depression. I know I have listened to it often as a means of relaxing and drowning out other distractions.  I have found that I generally sleep better when I listen to soft music. I wake up feeling more rested and find that I tend to sleep through the night without waking up. While it may not cure all things, listening to soft music can offer enough things in regards to health that it is worth trying.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Berkeley, Calif.


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